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France’s Digital Republic Act Strengthens Privacy Safeguards

France’s new Digital Republic Act [1] significantly strengthens protections that control how French businesses use and retain personally identifying data. The law expands the scope and authority of the 1978 French Data Protection Act and brings the country to the foreground of modernizing the legal framework of the information economy ahead of the 2018 implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Act includes a number of key amendments that improve individual privacy rights, increase the powers of French Data Protection Authority (CNIL), and impose new requirements on how companies and communication providers handle personal information. Most importantly, the law has considerably increased the enforcement capabilities of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL)

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