The ICRC Data Protection Commission

28 May 2020

The ICRC Data Protection Commission (DPC) is the ICRC body responsible for checking that the organization's processing of personal data complies with its Rules on Personal Data Protection and other applicable rules, and for ruling on the rights of individuals when their cases or other data-protection cases are referred to it.

Proceedings against an ICRC processing operation may be brought before the DPC by the ICRC Data Protection Office (DPO) if a satisfactory solution cannot be achieved through its intervention. If the DPO fails to refer the matter to the DPC, data subjects may also exercise their rights directly with the commission.

The DPC may also issue recommendations on data protection on the basis of the individual cases it handles, or on any matter on which its views are sought.

The DPC carries out its duties in full independence.

Members of the Data Protection  Commission

Me. Gérald Page
Me. Page studied at the Universities of Geneva and St. Gallen. He is currently a partner at Page & Partners law firm, which he founded, specialising in data protection and privacy.

He is also university lecturer at the University of Geneva as well as visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School. As university lecturer at the University of Geneva, Me. Page teaches law and litigation in management and security of information systems, data protection, e-commerce and international sales contracts.

In addition. Me. Page served as Judge at the Swiss Federal Data Protection Court, and was a member of the Task Force of Federal Justice Department on the amendment of Swiss Federal Data Protection Law. He is also a member of the WIPO Panel of Arbitrators on domain name disputes.

On the 16th September 2016, the Assembly appointed Me. Page Chairman of the ICRC Data Protection Commission for a term of four years, renewable once.

Alexis Keller
Alexis Keller studied at the Universities of Geneva and Cambridge and is a former fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently a Professor of legal history and legal theory at the University of Geneva and visiting Professor at SciencesPo (Paris).

From 2002 to 2004, Alexis Keller took an active part in the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that led to the Geneva Initiative. In April 2003, the Swiss Foreign Minister appointed him as Special Representative for the Middle East peace process, a position he held until January 2004.

Alexis Keller has written books and numerous articles on legal history, legal theory and European intellectual history. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Paris (2005). In 2002, he was awarded the Latsis Prize. In 2004, he was awarded the Condorcet-Raymond Aron Prize and the Sean MacBride Peace Prize for his efforts to promote peace in the Middle East.

Alexis Keller is a member of several academic societies and research institutes, both in Europe and the United States. He is the President of the Theology Faculty Board at the University of Geneva, a board member of the ProVictimis foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Maya Hertig Randall
Since 2007, Maya Hertig Randall has been Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Geneva and co-Director of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Rights. She took a first law degree at the University of Neuchâtel, followed by a doctorate from the University of Fribourg and a Master of Law (LLM) from Cambridge. Before joining the University of Geneva, she was Assistant Professor of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern, as well as a visiting scholar at the Central European University in Budapest and the University of Michigan.

Maya Hertig Randall has widely published in French, German and English on human rights, comparative and international constitutionalism, federalism and the accommodation of diversity.

Since 2012, she has been a member of the Swiss Federal Commission against Racism.

Edouard Bugnion
Born in 1970 and raised in Neuchatel and Geneva. Edouard Bugnion studied at ETH Zurich and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in computer science. He spent at total of 18 years in Silicon Valley where he co-founded two startups and served as their Chief Technology Officer: VMware and Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco).
Edouard Bugnion returned to Switzerland and joined EPFL in 2012, where he is a Professor in the School of Computer and Communication Science. Since January 2017, he is also the Vice-President for Information Systems of EPFL.

Professor Bugnion received numerous awards for his contributions as an academic and as an entrepreneur. He is a Fellow of the ACM and a Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW).

Edouard Bugnion serves as an independent Board member of Logitech and of Innosuisse — the Swiss Innovation Agency.

Jean-Philippe Walter
Jean-Philippe Walter studied at the University of Fribourg, where he obtained a Master of Laws and a Doctorate in Law. He is currently the Deputy Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, in the Swiss data protection authority.
He has been working with data protection issues for more than thirty years, being inter alia the Head of the Data Protection Service of the Federal Office of Justice and Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner ad interim, as well as authoring several publications concerning data protection (both national and international) and access to information.

Jean-Philippe Walter is also very active in data protection at the international level, being currently the Chairman of the French Speaking Association of Data Protection Authorities and the 1st Vice-Chairman of the Consultative Committee Convention 108 for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data at the Council of Europe (having been the Chairman of the said Committee between 2000 and 2004 and 2010 and 2016).


The rules of Data Protection Commission