Among other things, domain names make it possible to assign a unique address to every website. These names, such as ofcom.ch, are currently used very often, primarily for accessing websites or sending e-mails. There are currently more than 22 existing extensions, such as .ch or .com, and this number will be increased in 2013 with the addition of new top level domain names related to brands or geographic names. In this context, the Confederation has set a strategy which seeks to protect the country’s public interest in relation to the management of domain names. In particular it has initiated measures to secure the extension .swiss.
The sending of mass of advertising is prohibited in Switzerland in many cases. When is it authorized or prohibited? What can you do to combat spam? Here you will find the answers to these and other questions.
Under certain conditions, the ‘.ch’ domain registry is required to block domain names suspected of being used for phishing or the distribution of harmful software.
The electronic signature is a technical procedure which makes it possible to guarantee the authenticity of a document or an electronic message and to ensure the identity of the sender. It is based on a certification infrastructure managed by third party providers - the certification services providers. In order to encourage the development of e-commerce, the legislator allows such providers to be recognized on a voluntary basis. In addition, under certain conditions, the law assigns equal status to the electronic signature as a handwritten signature.
ENUM is a project based on a draft internet protocol (RFC 6116) that enables a simple telephone number of being transformed into an internet domain name, with a view to creating a universal public identifier (known as User ENUM) or to facilitating communications routing across IP protocol-based networks by using traditional telephone numbers as public identifiers (in this case we talk about Infrastructure ENUM). This page provides access to information about the work done within the framework of this project.
The applicable law does not always give a clear indication of the criminal responsibility of internet providers. According to the recommendation of an expert commission which was put out for consultation by the Federal Council, such responsibility should be explicitly regulated in the Criminal Code and in the Military Criminal Code. At the end of February 2008, however, the Federal Council decided against new provisions as the existing general regulation of criminal responsibility is sufficient for internet communication issues.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a generic name which defines the transportation of voice traffic by means of transmission in packets using Internet Protocol (IP). VoIP traffic can be routed on a controlled private network or the internet, which is a public network, or a combination of the two.