Swiss Court Allows Privacy for Practitioners in Data Exchange

The federal administrative court in Switzerland has ruled that third-party employees should not be named in documents when the Swiss finance ministry sends taxpayer information to other jurisdictions in response to requests for administrative assistance.

The ruling stems from a privacy criticism against the finance ministry's policy of disclosing third parties' names even if they were not directly linked to the request from the Swiss data commissioner. The following professions have been named as being an involved third party:

  • Bank employees.
  • Lawyers & solicitors.
  • Accountants.