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Bern 07 september 2023
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Switzerland ratifies the Protocol amending Convention 108

Today, 7 September 2023, H.E. Mr Alain Berset, President of the Swiss Confederation transmitted, in Bern, the instrument of ratification of the Amending Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data (CETS No. 223), in the presence of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Switzerland, who has been Party to Convention 108 since 1998, thus becomes the 28th State Party to join the modernised Convention 108 (Convention 108+).

With this move, Convention 108+ is at ten ratifications of entry into force, demonstrating the acceleration of the ratification process of this landmark instrument, which still remains the only global international legally binding instrument protecting personal data and the right to privacy, aims at ensuring appropriate protection of all individuals in an ever-expanding digital era, in order to safeguard the respect for dignity and privacy of all and to fully enjoy the right to informational self-determination.