Bill Shows Commitment to Data Protection
PRIVACY LAW—FRANCEMay 19, 2010
Whether or not legislation "intended to better guarantee the right to privacy in the digital age" under review by the Law Commission of the French National Assembly is passed in its current form, its existence "demonstrates the importance attached to the protection of personal data by the French lawmaker," explain Cynthia O'Donoghue and Daniel Kadar of Reed Smith LLP. The bill's goals include educating students about the exposure of personal information on the Internet, reinforcing the obligations of data processors and increasing the powers of the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL)--including doubling the potential fines for infringements. The bill won strong majority support in the Senate, the report states, but does not have the French government's backing and is not likely to be passed without changes.