Data Protection

A challenging and evolving environment in which the rights of data subjects are prioritised.

A challenging area

Data protection is a challenging area for most companies: in particular when they are processing a large amount of data from Swiss and foreign sources (e.g. clients, service providers, suppliers, contractors, and employees), and transferring data outside Switzerland.

The new technologies and businesses created around personal data processing have increased the need to strengthen the protection of data subjects and sensitive data, and to scrutinise the use of personal data. The adoption of new rules and regulations worldwide, in particular in the EU (with possible effects on Swiss companies) and in Switzerland in the near future, makes data protection an even more challenging field.

Our Team

Our Data Protection team has expertise in both the Swiss and the EU rules and regulations (including Certified Information Privacy Professionals / Europe (CIPP/E) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, IAPP).

Together with specialists in complementary practice areas, we provide legal advice to companies; review contracts, general terms and conditions and employment agreements; and provide customised and cost-effective assistance in the drafting of internal documents, the implementation of adequate processes and the training of employees.

We also assist clients in HR, outsourcing and litigation matters that involve data protection.

Our experience includes:​

  • Reviewing Swiss data protection issues relating to the CCTV monitoring of a private property.
  • Advising a leading energy company in relation to the monitoring of employees’ emails and reviewing the company’s email and Internet policy.
  • Advising a multinational company on the possibility of accessing emails of a former employee for specific reasons (and the limitations to such access).
  • Assisting a Swiss big data company in the assessment of the implications of the GDPR on contemplated profiling activities involving pseudonymised data.
  • Advising various Swiss financial institutions on the applicability of the GDPR.

Your Key Contact:

Sara Dousset

Sara Dousset is a Counsel at MANGEAT and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Her main practice areas are Employment, Healthcare & Life Science, Data Protection and Dispute Resolution and she is recommended by the Legal 500. She is currently completing a Master of Advanced Studies in Health Law at the University of Neuchâtel’s Health Law Institute.

Contact her at:

sara dousset