On 12 January 2017, the United States and Switzerland agreed a valid legal mechanism to allow for lawful transfers of personal data from Switzerland to the United States (the "Swiss-US Privacy Shield").

The Swiss – US Privacy Shield will replace the US Swiss Safe Harbor (which was declared inadequate following the CJEU's decision on 7 October 2015) immediately and certifications will be accepted from 12 April 2017.

This may be of relevance when performing due diligence on US Service Providers receiving Swiss data, and in reviewing the relevant contract.

To read about the Swiss-US Privacy Shield please click here.