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Federal Act on Data Protection

English is not an official language of the Swiss Confederation. This translation is provided for information purposes only and has no legal force.

Art. 19 Disclosure of personal data

1Fed­er­al bod­ies may dis­close per­son­al data if there is leg­al basis for do­ing so in ac­cord­ance with Art­icle 17 or if:1

a.
the data is in­dis­pens­able to the re­cip­i­ent in the in­di­vidu­al case for the ful­fil­ment of his stat­utory task;
b.2
the data sub­ject has con­sen­ted in the in­di­vidu­al case;
c.3
the data sub­ject has made the data gen­er­ally ac­cess­ible and has not ex­pressly pro­hib­ited dis­clos­ure; or
d.
the re­cip­i­ent demon­strates cred­ibly that the data sub­ject is with­hold­ing con­sent or block­ing dis­clos­ure in or­der to pre­vent the en­force­ment of leg­al claims or the safe­guard­ing of oth­er le­git­im­ate in­terests; the data sub­ject must if pos­sible be giv­en the op­por­tun­ity to com­ment be­fore­hand.

1bisFed­er­al bod­ies may also dis­close per­son­al data with­in the terms of the of­fi­cial in­form­a­tion dis­closed to the gen­er­al pub­lic, either ex of­fi­cio or based on the Free­dom of In­form­a­tion Act of 17 Decem­ber 20044 if:

a.
the per­son­al data con­cerned is con­nec­ted with the ful­fil­ment of pub­lic du­ties; and
b.
there is an over­rid­ing pub­lic in­terest in its dis­clos­ure.5

2Fed­er­al bod­ies may on re­quest also dis­close the name, first name, ad­dress and date of birth of a per­son if the re­quire­ments of para­graph1 are not ful­filled.

3Fed­er­al bod­ies may make per­son­al data ac­cess­ible on­line if this is ex­pressly provided for. Sens­it­ive per­son­al data and per­son­al­ity pro­files may be made ac­cess­ible on­line only if this is ex­pressly provided for in a form­al en­act­ment.6

3bisFed­er­al bod­ies may make per­son­al data gen­er­ally ac­cess­ible by means of auto­mated in­form­a­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tion ser­vices if a leg­al basis is provided for the pub­lic­a­tion of such data or if they make in­form­a­tion ac­cess­ible to the gen­er­al pub­lic on the basis of para­graph1bis. If there is no longer a pub­lic in­terest in the ac­cess­ib­il­ity of such data, the data con­cerned must be re­moved from the auto­mated in­form­a­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tion ser­vice.7

4 The fed­er­al body shall re­fuse or re­strict dis­clos­ure, or make it sub­ject to con­di­tions if:

a.
es­sen­tial pub­lic in­terests or clearly le­git­im­ate in­terests of a data sub­ject so re­quire or
b.
stat­utory du­ties of con­fid­en­ti­al­ity or spe­cial data pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tions so re­quire.

1 Amended by No I of the FA of 24 March 2006, in force since 1 Jan. 2008 (AS 2007 4983; BBl 2003 2101).
2 Amended by No I of the FA of 24 March 2006, in force since 1 Jan. 2008 (AS 2007 4983; BBl 2003 2101).
3 Amended by No I of the FA of 24 March 2006, in force since 1 Jan. 2008 (AS 2007 4983; BBl 2003 2101).
4 SR 152.3
5 In­ser­ted by An­nex No 4 of the Free­dom of In­form­a­tion Act of 17 Dec. 2004, in force since 1 Ju­ly 2006 (AS 2006 2319; BBl 2003 1963).
6 Second sen­tence ac­cord­ing to No I of the FA of 24 March 2006, with ef­fect from 1 Jan. 2008 (AS 2007 4983; BBl 2003 2101).
7 In­ser­ted by An­nex No 4 of the Free­dom of In­form­a­tion Act of 17 Dec. 2004, in force since 1 Ju­ly 2006 (AS 2006 2319; BBl 2003 1963).