Data watchdog warns of security breaches

The privacy of Swiss citizens online is more and more under threat, according to the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner.

This content was published on June 30, 2008 - 13:13

In his annual report released on Monday, Hanspeter Thür warned that new technology made it easier for criminals to illegally secure online data.

He also said there had to be a sharper focus on anonymous online reviews of professionals such as doctors of lawyers. They could be subject to defamation, Thür added, through what he called "internet mobbing".

The country's data watchdog also announced that access to official documents of the federal adminstration in Switzerland had become become easier since 2006 and the introduction of a transparency principle.

Access to official data can still be restricted or denied when national security is deemed at risk.

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