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The French Connection on Data Privacy Laws

Joe Mont | October 14, 2014

Perhaps more so than any other country, the French take data privacy very seriously. While it took the Internet revolution and rise of social media for some countries to worry about consumer protections, France has a data protection tradition that dates back to the 1970s.

For decades, Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés, better known as CNIL, has been at the center of those efforts. The group, whose full name translates as National Commission on Informatics and Liberty, is an independent regulatory body that oversees the application of privacy law to the collection, storage, and use of personal data. It is comprised of 17 members from various government entities, including four from French parliament

On Tuesday, Sophie Nerbonne, CNIL’s deputy director for legal affairs and director of compliance, discussed the state of data privacy enforcement at Compliance Week Europe in Brussels.

The past few months have indded been busy for CNIL. In...

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