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Data Protection at the Workplace

March 20 2024
3:00 pm CET - Central European Time (UTC +1:00)

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Data Protection at the Workplace


Data protection regulation continues to tighten, in Switzerland primarily with the revised Data Protection Act and Ordinance, which became binding on 1 September 2023. At the same time, employers process a host of personal data in many forms and for various purposes, and awareness of privacy-related rights and obligations increases. In this webinar, two experts explore current issues at the intersection of these areas, including questions around employee monitoring, subject access requests, data retention, and others.


Irène Suter-Sieber, employment law partner and member of the Management Board (Hiring Partner), Walder Wyss

Irène Suter-Sieber is an employment law partner and member of the Management Board (Hiring Partner) at Walder Wyss.

She has extensive experience in representing clients in court in employment law related civil proceedings. She advises Swiss and international companies on all aspects of employment law, in particular, in the drafting of employment contracts, personnel regulations and employee participation programmes, in executive compensation matters, in the enforcement of restrictive covenants, terminations, restructurings such as transfers of undertakings and mass dismissals, international employee transfers, personnel lease as well as employment-related internal investigations, social security and data protection issues.

After completing her studies of law at the University of Zurich (lic. iur. 2006) and her piano studies at the Zurich School of Music (Musician MH, 2006),  she was admitted to the bar (2009) and received her doctorate at the University of Zurich in 2012 (summa cum laude, awarded the Prof. Walther Hug Prize and Issekutz Prize). Before joining Walder Wyss, Irène Suter-Sieber worked at a leading Swiss law firm in Zurich for eight years.

Irène Suter-Sieber speaks German, English and French. She is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice at all Swiss courts.

David Vasella, partner, Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition,co-head of the Regulated Markets, Competition, Technology & IP, Walder Wyss

David Vasella is a partner on the Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition team. He is the co-head of the Regulated Markets, Competition, Technology & IP team, together with Hans Rudolf Trüeb. He advises and represents Swiss and international companies in all industries and at all stages of growth on questions concerning data and technology law. He specialises in data use, negotiating data-related contracts, data security issues, cloud projects and IT contracts and provides support in setting up platform models and data protection compliance in accordance with GDPR and Swiss law (including leading or supporting implementation projects and data protection audits). He regularly gives talks and writes publications on his areas of expertise, for example on, a Swiss platform on data law.

After graduating from the University of Fribourg in 2002 with a degree in law, David Vasella was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2004 and went on to receive his doctorate from the University of Zurich in 2011, for which he was awarded the highest distinction as well as the Prof. Walther Hug prize and the Issekutz prize. David Vasella is co-editor of digma (a journal on data law and information security), swissblawg (the biggest legal blog in Switzerland) and He is a certified information privacy professional and manager (CIPP/E, CIPM) and Fellow of International Privacy (FIP).

David Vasella is listed in international rankings as a leading expert in data and technology (Chambers: “He is absolutely stellar when it comes to data protection”; Who’s Who Legal: “revered as the ‘go-to person for data protection’, with a wealth of experience in compliance matters”; Legal500: “committed and pragmatic” and an “outstanding lawyer with excellent analytical skills, a wealth of legal expertise, high client-focus. David is responsive, pragmatic and fully committed to serve his clients. Besides, he is a very likeable chap”).

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