The word Compliance is not a headword in the Duden. Wahrig shows compliance only as a medical term, and not in the sense of regulatory compliance; i.e. complying with relevant laws and regulations. Nevertheless, German media have used the word “compliance” frequently sinse 2012.

The number of mentions of “Compliance” before 2012 is fairly moderate, despite the fact that the Swiss Federal Banking Commission’s Money Laundering Ordinance (MLO-SFBC) came into force on July 1st 2003. Since 2013, the frequency has been much higher, mostly due to tax compliance legislation (e.g. FATCA and CRS).

The number of mentions in 2016 is extrapolated to December 31.

mentions Compliance 384

Complete Revision of the Federal Data Protection Act

Complete Revision of the Federal Data Protection Act: „As of 15th September 2017, draft and report for a completely revised Federal Data Protection Act is public. In a first step parliament and the people agreed to adaptations in order to be compliant with EU law. The second part of the revision is debated by the parliament since September 2019. Data Protection is to be increased by giving people more control over their private data as well as reinforcing transparency regarding the handling of confidential data.”


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