When Swiss Federal Councillor Leuthard handed over her department to council member Schneider-Ammann in November 2010, she gave him a SuisseID. This electronic ID card already had quite a troubled past. It failed to achieve its goal of 200,000 users, despite promotional (successful) and financial (17 million francs given to users) encouragement. The rollout took place under significant time pressure, and the results proved to be difficult to manage. No usage figures were listed in an evaluation by SECO. However, in its 2015 annual report, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court mentioned 39 (previous year: 25) electronically signed entries from a total of 7,853 for the year. The success of the SuisseID has been limited. Now it's getting a second chance.

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The Federal Council relies on systems developed by the market for officially accepted electronic IDs (eID). The government should concentrate on the definition of legal framework conditions and the provision of ID data (press release January 13, 2016). On February 22, 2017, the Federal Council opened the consultation process regarding a federal law about accepted electronic ID units (eID law), and the reactions will soon become available. At the Finance 2.0 conference on March 14, 2017, Urs Fischer of Posttochter SwissSign and Andreas Kubli of UBS each announced an electronic ID solution.

The eIDAS ordinance was adopted in the EU on July 23, 2014 and came into effect on September 17, 2014. The eID concept is based on the assumption that Swiss eID providers will become certified to comply with eIDAS. The numerous ID solutions already being used abroad suggest that biometric features will play an important role. This will in turn lead to new challenges for future data protection provisions.

Complete Revision of the Federal Data Protection Act

The complete revision's draft of the Federal Data Protection Act is currently in political consultation. Data Protection is to be increased by giving people more control over their private data as well as reinforcing transparancy regarding the handling of confidential data.

Links: draft, report

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