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DPA Amendments Move Forward

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE

January 18, 2011

A bill containing several key amendments to the French Data Protection Act was preliminarily adopted by the French National Assembly last week, reports the Hunton & Williams Privacy and Information Security Law Blog. The  bill would amend the powers of the French data protection authority (CNIL) by requiring it to obtain a judge's approval before conducting an onsite inspection without proper warning and would authorize CNIL to publish its sanctions against violators of the Data Protection Act. It would also amend the role of CNIL's chairman, who would no longer belong to the decision-making committee on sanctions but would be required to notify parties ahead of an imposed penalty.
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