Alston & Bird (JD Supra France)
French Data Protection Regulator Fines Google and Amazon for Non-compliance With EU Cookie Rules
On 7 December 2020, the French supervisory authority CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, French data protection authority) imposed substantive fines on Amazon and Google for allegedly placing advertising cookies on the computers of users in France without prior consent or providing adequate information.
French CNIL Launches Public Consultation on Cookie Consent Recommendations
On January 14, 2020, the French data protection authority (CNIL) launched a public consultation on its draft recommendations for the collection of consent in the context of cookies and other tracking technologies (the ‘draft Recommendations’).
French CNIL Releases GDPR Compliance Toolkit
On March 15, 2017, the French data protection authority (CNIL) released its six step- GDPR compliance program together with GDPR-tailored templates for use by companies, the “GDPR Toolkit.” The GDPR Toolkit is helpful for companies because it provides guidance that companies may directly include in their privacy programs. Companies with sophisticated privacy programs may also use the GDPR Toolkit
CNIL Launches Second Round of Public Consultation on GDPR
Last week, the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) launched the second round of a public consultation on the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The first public consultation was launched in June 2016 and addressed the requirements in the GDPR relating to data protection officers, data portability and privacy seals and certifications.
France Adopts New Regime for Privacy Class Actions
A few weeks ago, France passed the Digital Republic Act which significantly enhances French citizens’ rights to privacy by offering new avenues to exercise rights and granting new powers to the French data protection authority. A recent amendment to the Data Protection Act, adopted November 18, 2016, goes a mile farther and introduces a new type of class action for privacy-related matters.