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Switzerland - State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) 

At the moment Switzerland does not have a specific anti-spam law. However,it does have a general disposition in art. 2 of the Federal Act against Unfair Competition. A victim could file an action for an injunction against a Swiss spammer in Switzerland under that law. As in other countries, various authorities are dealing with spam issues from different angles. The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM, the telecommunication regulator) deals with general policy issues. The Federal Data Protection Representative (EDSB) covers the data protection aspects. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) ensures consumer protection. Individual complaints against spammers must be filed in court. Specific anti-spam legislation will most probably enter into force at the beginning of 2006 and will be similar to EU law (Article 13 of Directive 2002/58/EU). It will be an amendment to the Federal Act against Unfair Competition and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs will be responsible for cross-border enforcement for individuals as well as for companies. Switzerland will also oblige Telecom Service Providers to fight spam.

 

Competent Authority
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) 
Federal Data Protection Representative (EDSB) 
Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
Contact person
Federal Office of Communications
Zukunftstrasse 44
PO Box
CH-2501 Biel-Bienne
Switzerland
Tel: +41 32 327 55 94;
E-mail: Jens.Kaessner@bakom.admin.ch
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco)
Fair Trade Practices
Effingerstrasse 1
3003 Berne
Tel: +41 31 324 39 09
E-mail: philippe.barman@seco.admin.ch
Relevant legislation in place Laws: 
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