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Published 1 February 2016
After years of debates and further to a public consultation held last September, discussions on the French Digital Republic bill (the Bill), proposed by Axelle Lemaire the Secretary of State for the Digital Development, have finally started before the French National Assembly prior to its definitive adoption in the upcoming months.
The Bill intends to establish a new framework to support innovation and covers a wide range of topics related to open data, personal data protection and the continuous improvement of digital access. Interestingly, some of the key measures of the Bill that concern personal data protection are clearly anticipating the new obligations contained under the future GDPR. The Bill addresses:
In addition, the powers of the French Data Protection Authority (the CNIL) have been strengthened and, further to CNIL’s opinion on the Bill dated 19 November 2015, the number of potential sanctions has also been increased including:
The Bill shall, in principle, enter into force after its publication, except for provisions requiring a government decree (e.g. open data, right to erasure for minors) and provisions on data portability that would benefit from an 18 month transition period.
Article submitted by Thierry Dor, Partner and Dane Rimsevica, Associate – Gide Loyrette Nouel – Paris, France
Organisations in France should follow the legislative process of the Bill’s adoption to ensure compliance with any new obligations under the Bill when it enters into force.
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