Administrative Criminal Proceedings

The SPTA and the associated implementing ordinances give the PTSS additional tasks, one of which is to conduct administrative criminal proceedings. An independent chief investigator has duties similar to that of a public prosecutor.

Since March 2018, the Administrative Criminal Proceedings Division has had the authority to prosecute anyone failing to fulfil their legal obligations in connection with the surveillance of post and telecommunications.

The two persons of the Administrative Criminal Proceedings Division investigate complaints, establish the facts, carry out the legal analysis and, if necessary, punish these transgressions. The director of proceedings can order coercive measures such as seizures and searches, as well as conduct interrogations. 

When the proceedings are complete, the PTSS issues orders and decisions on penalties or orders to dismiss proceedings.

The PTSS publishes any decisions to issue fines.

Complaints can be sent by mail to the following address: Post and Telecommunications Surveillance Service (PTSS), Eichenweg 3, 3003 Bern.


Media accreditation

The PTSS makes decisions available to media representatives who have registered by E-Mail with Jean-Louis Biberstein (, liaison officer of the PTSS.

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SRF Tagesschau 30th of june 2019. (This content is only available in german)

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