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Status regarding Budapest Convention

Status : Party Declarations and reservations : Declarations and reservations: declarations regarding Articles 2, 3, 7, 9, 24, 27, 35 and 40; reservations regarding Articles 6, 9, 14, 29 and 42. See legal profile

Cybercrime policies/strategies

Considering the rising number of cybercrimes, the Government of Switzerland adapted different strategies to prepare and defend itself and its citizens against such crimes. An important step was the ratification of the Budapest Convention in 2011. However, the implementation of a specific Cybercrime Law was not indicated, as the Swiss Criminal Code and the Swiss Criminal Procedure Code already allowed a thorough prosecution of cybercrimes. In addition, Switzerland has a range of institutions specialised in the fight against cybercrime, e.g. the Swiss Coordination Centre Against Cybercrime (KOBIK,

Specialised institutions

Some of the recognised anti-cybercrime institutions in Switzerland are:

  • Federal Office of Police fedpol: responsible for combating cybercrime, detecting offences committed on the Internet, prosecuting serious cross-border crimes, coordinating and supporting investigation procedures on both national and international levels.
  • Swiss Coordination Centre Against Cybercrime («Koordinationssstelle zur Bekämpfung der Internetkriminalität», KOBIK): an institution operated jointly by the Swiss Government and the Cantons. It serves, among other things, as a national contact centre for people who want to report suspicious internet content. After checking the content, KOBIK forwards the relevant reports to the respective law enforcements in Switzerland or abroad. KOBIK also actively searches for criminally relevant content on the Internet.
  • MELANI: reporting and Analysis Centre for Information regarding cybercrime. Responsible for the security of computer and internet systems and the protection of critical Swiss infrastructures.
  • Zurich Cantonal Police Cybercrime Division: investigates cybercrime and operates a centre of cybercrime competence.
  • Cantonal Police Berne: a specialised unit coordinates and conducts investigations in the field of cybercrime.

Jurisprudence/case law

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