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- The ‘Morning After’ Third Party Cookies
The development of alternative techniques to “third-party” cookies cannot be done at the expense of the right of individuals to protect their personal data and privacy, according to France’s Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL). The commission has issued new guidance on what happens after third party cookies. Data Protection Considerations: The end...
- French Commission Reports On History Of Sexual Abuse In Catholic Church
As reported by CNN, France’s Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE) yesterday filed its final report: Members of the Catholic clergy in France sexually abused an estimated 216,000 minors over the past seven decades, according to a damning report published Tuesday that said the Church had prioritized the protection of the institution over...
- Trademark protection in France: distinctiveness may result from the addition of an ornamental sign to usual or descriptive language
In a judgment of 17 September 2021, the Paris Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the validity of the semi-figurative trademark a descriptive verbal element . The Judges highlighted in particular that, although the expression “vente privée” is a generic and usual designation of the services provided, the addition of a pink butterfly...
- Employees in France who fail to present a health pass risk having their employment contract suspended
In France, a health pass must be presented in certain places or events where there is a high risk of COVID-19 being contracted (e.g. concert halls/cinemas, sports events, bars and restaurants, long-distance transport, shopping centres over 20,000 m², etc.) as listed by the Law no. 2021-1040 dated 5 August 2021. Since 30 August 2021, employees...
- Over-retention of personal data
The declining cost of electronic data storage may have caused some company executives to conclude that retaining personal data forever is “cheap.” Perhaps the CNIL’s €1.75 million (USD $2,051,930) penalty for over-retention will lead to a different view. The matter involved one of France’s largest insurers, SGAM AG2R LA MONDIALE, which was subject to an...
- Children sick in French outbreak
Local public health officials in France are investigating more than 20 cases of food poisoning, mostly affecting children. The Hauts-de-France public health agency (ARS) reported the suspected outbreak in recent days among pupils in schools in a commune in Northern France. A total of 21 students enrolled in three schools in Saint-André-lez-Lille have been identified...
- Public health officials investigating source of Salmonella infections in France
French authorities are investigating 50 Salmonella infections to see if they are related while they try to find a common source. The National Reference Center (CNR) for Salmonella at the Institut Pasteur has identified 50 cases of salmonellosis with very similar genetic characteristics since June. Sante publique France and the Directorate General for Food (DGAL)...
- Wild mushrooms linked to hundreds of illnesses, three deaths in France
At least three people have died and hundreds were sickened in France in the past two months after eating wild mushrooms. In July and August, 330 cases of poisoning were reported to French poison control centers. Three of these were very serious and potentially life-threatening and three deaths have been recorded. Weather conditions in July...
- France Seeks More Protective European Definition of Nanomaterials
As reported in our May 7, 2021, blog item, the European Commission (EC) recently held a targeted stakeholder consultation to update, test, and verify the preliminary findings of its review of the 2011 Recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial. According to a July 23, 2021, news item posted by the French Agency for Food,...
- Lyon, France- CCF decisions from 2021 Summer Session are being issued
INTERPOL’s CCF (the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files) has begun issuing its decisions from the most recent session. The most recent session was held from 28 June through 2 July, and we began receiving decisions last week. The new decisions show: The CCF is continuing to thoroughly examine the claims in the Red...
- 17 ill after eating meat contaminated with bacteria in France
According to Agence France Presse, minced meat sold in the popular Leclerc supermarket chain in France has left at least 17 people with severe gastrointestinal problems because of E. coli contamination. All but one of the victims were children. They were rushed to the hospital and some are being...
- Smith’s Bicycle Case Comes “Unchained” (Van Halen’s 1981 hit) to a Tune with Unusual Chord Functions and a Metre Change (4/4 to 3/4 and back).
Smith v. G. Joannou Cycle Co., Inc., no. 06-1577, (D. S.C. 2007) Michael Smith wanted what every other Tour de France enthusiast (do those really exist?) wanted: (1) a bicycle that performed and was in good working order; (2) a crisp clear day for riding; and (3) a song in his head to pass the......
- Ode to Le Tour De France
— Karen Brennan, Attorney Now that the Tour de France is over, it looks like the choices in evening television once again consist of several versions of the same reality show. I can’t complain, the Tour was phenomenal this year and I enjoyed every minute I was able to watch (thank you DVR). Last...
- Concorde Trial: Criminal Prosecution of Chief Engineer Not in Best Interests of Safety
Ten years ago, an Air France Concorde SST departing from Charles de Gaulle Airport ran over a strip of metal on the runway. One of the Concorde’s tires exploded. A chunk of the debris from the tire punctured the Concorde’s fuel tank. Fuel leaked from the tank, and into an engine. The ensuing fire ...
- French data protection authority CNIL narrows the scope of whistle blowing hotlines
The CNIL, the French data protection authority, has just published the conclusions of its deliberation on October 14, 2010 concerning its new approach of whistle blowing hotlines. Operating a whistle blowing hotline in France is subject to notification to the CNIL since personal data are collected...
- Letter From The Editor: Not Alone Anymore
Other U.S. media had not yet figured out that an epic food safety story was breaking on the other side of the world when Food Safety News writer Gretchen Goetz was told to break off her vacation in France and head to Hamburg, Germany. For about a week, including the long Memorial Day weekend, Food.....
- French Woman Dies From E. coli O145, a dozen sickened with E. coli O104:H4 in France
Non-O157 E. colis – What us worry in the United States? Hell, let’s stop testing produce! According to French news reports (via Google translator), a 78-year-old Bordeaux woman, unrelated to the group of Bordeaux E. coli O104:H4 cases, died Friday at the University Hospital of Bordeaux after being...
- Access to Cartel Settlement Documents for Plaintiffs in France
by Philipp Werner and Lionel Lesur A French court has added another layer of complexity to cartel cases in the European Union. The Commercial Court in Paris has ordered the French competition authority to disclose documents relating to an antitrust investigation. The order concerns non-confidentia...
- Continuing Efforts to Model the Risk Curve for Mesothelioma – Data from France
Researchers continue to refine models for the likelihood of developing mesothelioma after asbestos inhalation. Here is the abstract for a new European Respiratory Journal article with a model based on numbers drawn from mesotheliomas in France. The abstract states the following: Temporal patterns...
- Drunk & Naked Students Trash P & O Cruise – Ferry
College students, booze and ships are often a recipe for bedlam. Being “cruise drunk” can lead to violence. The media in the U.K. is reporting that around 200 college students headed to France on a skiing trip stripped naked, smashed glasses and overturned furniture during a drunken night of...