On December 9, 2008, an exchange of letters was signed by the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) on the creation of a “Swiss-US Safe Harbor Framework”, which is comparable to the “EU-US Safe Harbor Framework”. The Swiss-US Safe Harbor Framework is intended to simplify the transfer of personal data by Swiss companies to American companies certified by the US Department of Commerce. US companies that are self-certified with the US Department of Commerce and bound by the data protection principles contained in the Framework will be automatically considered as providing an adequate level of data protection under Swiss law. More information is available here.