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Insurers could be allowed to use private detectives

Local News // Nov. 2, 2016
Insurers could be allowed to use private detectives

The Confederation wants to make it legal for accident insurers to use of private detectives in cases of suspicion of fraud.

The Federal Social Insurance Office says Berne already allows it for all social insurance services, so it should also be valid for private insurers.

The government has yet to give the green light to the process.

It comes after a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights where judges awarded compensation of 8,000 euros in moral damages to a 62-year-old from Zurich who had been monitored detectives hired by his insurance company.

According Strasbourg, this was contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to respect for private and family life.

The European Court says the legal basis for monitoring someone in Switzerland is currently too vague.

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