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French Court Bans the Use of Drone Surveillance to Enforce Covid-19 Lockdown

The Conseil d’État, France’s highest administrative court, issued a decision banning French authorities from using drone surveillance to track individuals violating social distancing rules.

The Court cited privacy issues with drone surveillance and stated that drone surveillance by police would be banned until technology is added to prevent the filming and identification of individuals or approval was given by France’s privacy regulator, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL).

Source: French Court Bans the Use of Drone Surveillance to Enforce Covid-19 Lockdown

CNIL Updates Data Protection Guidance for Employers in the Context of Lifting COVID-19 Containment Measures

On May 7, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority updated its previous guidance for employers relating to the processing of employee and visitor personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, in particular, in the context of lifting containment measures.

Some employers may consider implementing systematic body temperature checks at the entrance to their premises. Similarly, employers may wish to assess employees’ exposure to the virus or their health statuses when they return to work. The Updated Guidance analyzes some of these practices and outlines the principles applicable to data processing activities.

Source: CNIL Updates Data Protection Guidance for Employers in the Context of Lifting COVID-19 Containment Measures | Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

Privacy watchdog approves French Covid-19 contact tracing app

France’s privacy watchdog CNIL on April 26 gave a conditional green light to a government-backed scheme to monitor people infected with coronavirus.

The issue of how to keep tabs on sufferers has sparked privacy concerns in several countries but the CNIL gave the nod to the StopCovid scheme subject to civil liberty guarantees and regular oversight.

The French device will, if the country is to begin a gradual emergence from lockdown on May 11, enable creation of an index of sufferers via a smartphone app along the lines of a model touted notably by Singapore.

The idea is to send an alert to those who have downloaded the app if they come into close proximity, for example, on public transport, with those who have tested positive for the new coronavirus and who are on the app register.

Source: Covid-19: Privacy watchdog approves French contact tracing app | The Star Online

Google’s Right-to-Be-Forgotten Fine Toppled by French Court

Google won a battle over the right to be forgotten after France’s top administrative court canceled a fine of 100,000 euros ($111,000) for failing to remove contentious search results globally.

France’s Council of State threw out the 2016 penalty, following guidance from the European Union’s highest court which last year backed the Alphabet Inc. unit by saying it should only scrub search results on European versions of its websites.

Source: Google’s Right-to-Be-Forgotten Fine Toppled by French Court – BNN Bloomberg

CNIL Unveils 2020 Inspection Strategy and Announces Cookie Investigations

On March 12, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) released its annual inspection strategy for 2020.

The CNIL carries out approximately 300 inspections every year. These inspections are initiated (1) following complaints lodged with the CNIL; (2) in light of current topics in the news; (3) after the CNIL has adopted corrective measures ( e.g. , formal notices, sanctions) in order to verify whether the organization in question adopted the measures or remedied the situation; and (4) as part of the CNIL’s annual inspection strategy.

Source: CNIL Unveils 2020 Inspection Strategy and Announces Cookie Investigations

France issues first legal decision on facial recognition

The Administrative Court (TA) of Marseille has made its decision regarding the use of facial recognition technology at two French high schools.

In a hearing before the TA, with La Quadrature du Net, The Human Rights League, the FCPE and CGT Educ’Action des Alpes Maritimes, the installation of a facial recognition system at the entrance of two French high schools were discussed.

TA ruled against the installation of the technology, stating that its deployment violated the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as students were not able to provide consent “to the collection of personal data in a free and informed manner.”

Additionally, the court ruled that the technology was a disproportionate measure to manage the high school, especially with other alternative measures being available and less detrimental to students’ rights.

Source: #Privacy: France issues first legal decision on facial recognition

Adtech giant Criteo is being investigated by France’s data watchdog

Adtech giant Criteo is under investigation by the French data protection watchdog, the CNIL, following a complaint filed by privacy rights campaign group Privacy International.

Privacy International has been campaigning for more than a year for European data protection agencies to investigate several adtech players and data brokers involved in programmatic advertising.

Source: Adtech giant Criteo is being investigated by France’s data watchdog | TechCrunch

€114 Million in Fines Imposed by EU Authorities Under GDPR

New findings from DLA Piper show that 160,000 data breach notifications reported across 28 European Union Member States and data protection authorities have imposed €114 million in monetary fines under the GDPR for a wide range of infringements. Not all fines were related to data breach infringements, however.

In terms of the total value of fines issued by geographical region, France (€51m), Germany (€24.5m) and Austria (€18m) topped the rankings, whilst the Netherlands (40,647), Germany (37,636) and the UK (22,181) had the highest number of data breaches notified to regulators.

Source: €114m in Fines Imposed by Euro Authorities Under GDPR – Infosecurity Magazine

Max Schrems Files GDPR Complaints with French DPA on Cookie Use

European privacy advocacy group None of your business (NOYB)—led by Max Schrems—announced it had filed three formal complaints with the French data protection authority (CNIL) against three French websites for  sending digital signals to tracking companies claiming that users had agreed to be tracked online, despite the same users rejecting such cookies.

Despite users going through the trouble of “rejecting” countless cookies on the French eCommerce page CDiscount, the movie guide Allocine.fr and the fashion magazine Vanity Fair, these webpages have sent digital signals to tracking companies claiming that users have agreed to being tracked online.

Source: Say “NO” to cookies – yet see your privacy crumble? | noyb.eu

French government forms cybersecurity pact with major French companies

The French government signed a three-year cybersecurity pact with eight of the country’s leading companies, as major world nations step up security arrangements in the wake of recent high-profile hacking incidents.

Companies include Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Thales, Safran, Ariane group, MBDA, Naval Group and Nexter.

Source: French government forms cybersecurity pact with major French companies – Reuters

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