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  • Public Consultation in France on the Transposition of the European Electronic Communications Code (Directive 2018/1972 of December 11, 2018)

    The French government has launched a public consultation on the transposition of Directive (EU) 2018/1972 December 11, 2018, establishing the EU Electronic Communications Code (EECC), which must be transposed before December 21, 2020. What Is It About? The consultation concerns the draft modification of the French Postal Services and Electronic Communications (CPCE) and French Consumer...

  • Absent Guidelines, Many Questions on Facilitating DSARs

    At present, companies acting as data controllers lack uniform interpretation of the rules that guide their compliance efforts to respond to data subject rights requests under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Nevertheless, controllers are expected to adopt internal processes to address such requests in accordance with the applicable legislation. While some EU data protection...

  • Use of the Social Security Number in France

    Under article 87 regulation (EU) 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation GDPR, member states may define the specific conditions for the processing of a national identification number or any other identifier of general application. As discussed below, France has made an interesting application of this rule regarding, in particular, the social security number.  French Approach Toward...

  • Clarity at last in French unfair dismissal cases

    Employers are relieved! One of the most talked-about provisions of the Macron ordinances has been confirmed as valid by the French Court of Cassation (Supreme Court). The cap on compensation for unfair dismissal, which was contested by several industrial tribunals, was confirmed as consistent with international texts ratified by France. Since the ordinances reforming the...

  • Brexit Insight From the EU-27: France

    The French Parliament authorised the government to take measures – known as orders (ordonnance) – which should otherwise be taken pursuant to law, in order to map out the consequences of a “no-deal” Brexit. The government had either six months or a year to pass those orders, following publication of the law. The government was...

  • US and EU Release Preliminary Tariff Lists Amid WTO Aircraft Subsidies Disputes

    As a tactic in the ongoing civilian aircraft subsidies dispute between the US and the EU at the World Trade Organization, the US government has proposed a preliminary list to tax about US$11 billion worth of products exported to the US from the EU.  The product list includes two sections, one focusing specifically on products...

  • Macronomics in action – France introduces tax breaks to pacify yellow-vest employees

    Emergency measures to respond to the “yellow-vest” protests were voted through Parliament in Paris at the end of last year. Among these measures, employers should pay attention to 2 in particular: an optional bonus capped at €1,000 fully exempt from social security contributions and income tax, and the partial exemption also of pay for overtime...

  • France’s new investment control in the cybersecurity and technology sectors

    Decree No. 2058-1057 of November 29 2018 on foreign investments subject to prior approval France, who in recent years has been relatively open to overseas investors, has extended its control over foreign investment into certain ‘sensitive’ industries, particularly the IT, cybersecurity, communication and technology sectors. Extension of the relevant activities The sectors, listed in Articles...

  • Webinar: Hot topics in French Employment Law – What Employers Need to Know

    Squire Patton Boggs presents a webinar to discuss current hot topics in French employment law and their impact on employers in France. The election of Emmanuel Macron as President in May 2017 led to an ambitious transformation of France’s labour laws. Following the extensive reforms launched in September 2017, the French government continues to implement...

  • CFIUS Filing Clearance: Thales SA and Gemalto N.V.

    Status: Clearance   Acquirer: Thales SA (France) Acquired: Gemalto N.V. (Netherlands) Value: €4.8 Billion (US$5.6 Billion) Industry: Software; Infrastructure Software UPDATE:  “Thales and Gemalto today announce that they have received Regulatory Clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).” (Gemalto Press Release, Thales and Gemalto are granted Regulatory...

  • Is a salary cap the answer to Team Sky’s dominance in cycling?

    Sports Shorts has previously covered the idea of introducing a form of a salary cap in football after Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA President, suggested that the greatest problem facing football is “the competitive balance between teams”. The idea of balancing competition by imposing a salary cap system is now being discussed amongst the cycling community...

  • WADA issue statement to ‘clarify facts’ of the UCI decision

    Last week Sports Shorts considered the UCI decision to close the investigation against four time Tour de France winner Chris Froome. In the wake of that decision, criticism of Froome and the decision was still present with the Team Sky rider being booed at the team presentation. Froome ultimately did not get off to the...

  • Chris Froome Cleared to Compete in the Tour

    On 2 July, the Union Cycliste International (UCI) announced that the anti-doping investigation against four time Tour de France winner Chris Froome had been closed, clearing him to compete in this year’s edition of ‘Le Tour’. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), followed this announcement with its own, indicating that it would not appeal the decision...

  • Upcoming/New CFIUS Filing: Orolia SA and Talen-X, Inc.

    Status: Upcoming/New   Acquirer: Orolia SA (France) Acquired: Talen-X, Inc. (US) Value: Unknown Industry:  Telecommunications; Communications Equipment Manufacturing On April 3, 2018, Orolia SA, a privately-owned French Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions company with a US headquarters in Lanham, Maryland, announced that it will acquire Talen-X, Inc., a privately-owned...

  • Lance Armstrong pays $5 million to settle $100 million US Government Law Suit

    Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5,000,000 to settle claims that he defrauded the federal government by using performance-enhancing drugs at the time that the US Postal Service sponsored his cycling team. It is reported that the US Postal Service paid Armstrong and his cycling team as much as $40,000,000 as part of the sponsorship....

  • Webinar: Sweeping Changes to French Employment Law – What Employers Need to Know

    Following the election of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential elections in May 2017, and as announced during his campaign, a major and ambitious transformation of France’s labour laws has been launched. The reforms are intended to tackle mass unemployment and make France more competitive in the global market. In late August 2017 the government...

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 28 August 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France and the UK. France Changes to Rules on Whistleblowing in France UK ICO Fines Nottinghamshire County Council for Exposing Personal Information Online NHS Staff Warned That Unlawfully Accessing Patient Records Is an...

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 21 August 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU, France and the UK. EU European Commission Addresses Free Movement of Health Data France The CNIL Sanctions Two Data Breaches UK Home Logic UK Ltd Fined for Making Nuisance Calls For...

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 7 August 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the European Union, France, Germany and the UK. EU Advocate General Considers Handwritten Exam Scripts to be Personal Data France State Council Rules on Rights of Complainants in Relation to Sanctions Given...

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 26 June 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France, Germany and the UK. France Access to Data of a Deceased Person by Its Heirs Germany Ethics Committee Releases Guidelines on Automated and Connected Driving Higher Administrative Court Rules That Data...

  • Margin call: Vortex suits & Team Sky’s latest marginal gain

    The Tour de France 2017 began on 1 July 2017 and, in amongst the cyclists’ battle for the Un Maillot, the Green Jersey, the Polka-Dot Jersey and the White Jersey, a controversy began to emerge over Team Sky’s ‘Vortex’ skin suit.  The controversy arose as a result of the jersey worn by the Team Sky...

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 19 June 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France and the UK. France State Council Orders the Deletion of Personal Data in a File Relating to the State Security Experimental Use of Voice Recognition by Banks UK Queen’s Speech...

  • Major Changes on Whistleblowing in France

    From January 1, 2018, there will be an obligation on almost all employers to implement reporting/whistleblowing schemes. France has historically been very reluctant to support workplace whistleblowing, especially anonymously. Whistleblowing schemes were effectively only authorized in 2005 to permit US companies to comply with their SOX obligations. Those regulations were very restrictive, limited

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 5 June 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France, Germany and the UK. France CNIL Has Released Further Cookie Guidance Germany Andrea Voßhoff Presents Activity Report for 2014/2015 UK ICO Wins Case Against Former Claims Company Manager for Making Blagging...

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 22 May 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU, France and the UK. European Union European Commission to Form Another Expert Group to Support the Application of the GDPR France French Data Protection Expert Appointed to the French Government...

  • CFIUS Filing Possibly Withdrawn: Capgemini America, Inc. and Ciber, Inc.

    Status:  Possibly Withdrawn   Acquirer:  Capgemini America, Inc. (France) Acquired:  Ciber, Inc. (U.S.) Value:  Approx. US$50 million Industry:  Technology Services Because HTC Global Ventures, LLC was the winning bidder for Ciber, Inc. , (see CRN, HTC Global Outbids Capgemini With Surprise $93M Offer For Ciber, May 19, 2017), the stalking horse Asset Purchase Agreement with Capgemini America,...

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 1 May 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France and the UK. EU EDPS Presents Annual Report for 2016 to European Parliament UK ICO Issues Revised Guidance on Political Campaigning Online Retailer Fined After Cyber-attack Leaves Customer Details...

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 24 April 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France and the UK. France CNIL Receives Complaints in Relation to Political Robo-Calls National Health Data System is Launched UK ICO Reports on GDPR Fab-Lab DCMS Publishes Cybersecurity Breaches Survey...

  • Part One – common ownership of sports teams and Mohed Altrad’s aborted investment in Gloucester RFC

    Earlier this month, it was reported that Premiership Rugby had voted against a proposed investment in Gloucester RFC by the France-based billionaire Mohed Altrad. Under the terms of the proposed investment, Altrad would have purchased a 45% stake in the Cherry and Whites, who compete in the Aviva Premiership and will face Stade Français in...

  • Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 10 April 2017

    Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU, France and the UK. EU Article 29 Working Party Adopts Guidelines on Data Portability, Data Protection Offcers and Lead Authorities Article 29 Working Party Consults on Data Protection Impact...

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