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French data watchdog to start checking cookie policy compliance

France’s data protection watchdog CNIL will from 1st April begin conducting checks to ensure websites are in compliance with new guidelines on advertising trackers after the deadline it granted expired.

The new rules mean that user consent for advertising cookies must be granted by a “clear and positive act” such as clicking on an “I accept” button now ubiquitous across European websites. “Simply continuing to browse a site can no longer be considered as a valid expression of the web user’s consent,” the CNIL framework states.

Source: French data watchdog to start checking cookie policy compliance – EURACTIV.com

French data protection watchdog casts doubt on Apple’s privacy compliance

Apple has put privacy at the heart of its sales pitch to users, but an internal document from France’s data regulator suggests the iPhone maker’s own targeted advertising practices may be problematic.

According to the 13-page confidential note seen by POLITICO, France’s CNIL data protection authority cast doubt on Apple’s compliance with EU privacy rules. Last week, the country’s competition authority ruled in Apple’s favor in a case over its new anti-tracking tool.

“Apple’s advertising processing requires consent when it involves reading or writing data on the user’s device,” the CNIL wrote. “Apple’s practices suggest a lack of consent collection.”

Source: French data protection watchdog casts doubt on Apple’s privacy compliance – POLITICO

Ikea France on trial over claims it spied on staff, clients

Ikea’s French subsidiary and several of its former executives went on trial Monday over accusations that they illegally spied on employees and customers.

Trade unions reported the furniture and home goods company to French authorities in 2012, accusing it of collecting personal data by fraudulent means and the illicit disclosure of personal information.

The unions alleged that Ikea France paid to gain access to police files that had information about targeted individuals, particularly union activists and customers who were in disputes with Ikea. The company fired four executives and changed internal policy after French prosecutors opened a criminal probe in 2012. But at Monday’s trial in the Versailles court, lawyers for Ikea France denied any strategy of “generalized espionage.”

Source: Ikea France on trial over claims it spied on staff, clients

French Data Privacy Watchdog Opens Probe Into Clubhouse

France’s data privacy watchdog said Wednesday that it had opened an investigation into Clubhouse, the US audio chat app that has become a social media hit.

The inquiry will seek to determine if European data protection rules apply to the app’s parent company, Alpha Exploration, the CNIL said in a statement, adding that it could take punitive measures if Clubhouse does not respect the legislation.

The CNIL said it was unclear how Clubhouse, which appears to have “no corporate entity within the European Union”, was using members’ personal information, and how secure the data was.

Source: French Data Privacy Watchdog Opens Probe Into Clubhouse

Why this French court decision has far-reaching consequences for many businesses

France’s highest administrative court — ruled that personal data on a platform used to book COVID-19 vaccinations, managed by Doctolib and hosted by Amazon Web Services, was sufficiently protected under the EU General Data Protection Regulation because sufficient safeguards, both legal and technical, were put in place in case of an access request from U.S. authorities.

The judge thus rejected a claim filed by professional associations and unions that asked for the suspension of the service because Doctolib referred to AWS for hosting the platform. The plaintiffs unsuccessfully argued that because the processor was a company bound by U.S. law, the risk of access by U.S. authorities was incompatible with the GDPR under the “Schrems II” decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Full article: Why this French court decision has far-reaching consequences for many businesses

Apple hit with personalised ads complaint in France

A group representing 2,000 French startups filed a complaint against Apple on Tuesday, accusing the US company of failing to seek permission from users for personalised advertising.

In a petition filed with the French data privacy watchdog CNIL, the France Digitale group says such advertising is activated automatically during an update of Apple iPhones and Mac computers.

Apple rejected the allegations as “patently false”, saying in a statement to AFP that “privacy is built into the ads we sell on our platform with no tracking.”

Source: Apple hit with personalised ads complaint in France

France seeks to bypass EU top court on data retention

In October, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that national data retention rules, including France’s, were not compliant with EU law, but that such schemes could be allowed in the face of serious security risks.

Now the French government has asked the country’s highest administrative court — the Council of State — not to follow the EU ruling. France said that the EU top court should not rule on matters related to security, which remains a national competence.

Source: France seeks to bypass EU top court on data retention – POLITICO

Google challenges French data watchdog’s €100 million fine in court

France’s administrative court known as the Council of State considered on Thursday an application for interim measures filed by Google LLC and Google Ireland after the French Data Protection Authority known as the CNIL fined the digital giant €100 million last December for its cookie collection policy.

In its deliberation of 7 December 2020, the French data protection authority (CNIL) accused the US giant, whose European headquarters are based in Dublin, of contravening the law on information technology, files, and freedoms.

For its part, Google has appealed to the one-stop-shop mechanism provided for in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which, in its view, requires it to report on data protection matters only to the corresponding authority in the country in which it is based, namely Ireland.

Source: Google challenges French data watchdog’s €100 million fine in court – EURACTIV.com

Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

The virtual private network (VPN) Safe-Inet used by the world’s foremost cybercriminals has been taken down in a coordinated law enforcement action led by the German Reutlingen Police Headquarters together with Europol and law enforcement agencies from around the world.

This VPN service was sold at a high price to the criminal underworld as one of the best tools available to avoid law enforcement interception, offering up to 5 layers of anonymous VPN connections.

Much of the criminal activity occurring on the network involved cyber actors responsible for ransomware, E-skimming breaches, spearphishing, and account takeovers.

Source: Law enforcement wiretapped the very service used by criminals to evade interception

COVID Cops in Europe Will Search Your Car for Evidence of Ski Gear

Switzerland has opened its Alps for the holiday ski season, but COVID-weary European governments will force anyone caught with ski gear into compulsory quarantine.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Wednesday that anyone found with ski paraphernalia would be forced to quarantine. The move to check travelers has been met with harsh criticism across the alpine regions.

Source: COVID Cops in Europe Will Search Your Car for Evidence of Ski Gear

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