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Court Upholds Search and Seizure of E-Mails

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE

January 23, 2012

The French Court of Cassation has upheld an appeals court ruling that dismissed claims that an investigation by the French Competition Authority violated Janssen-Cilag employees' rights to privacy, secrecy of correspondence and protection of personal data. The appeals court ruled that the unlimited search and seizure carried out by the authority was exempt from the French data protection law under the French Commercial Code, which grants the authority "the power to inspect the premises of a company suspected of anti-competitive practices and to search and seize all company documents and information that may be relevant to an investigation," reports the Hunton and Williams Privacy and Information Security Law Blog.
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