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French Senate Adopts Law Regulating the Exploitation of the Image of Children Online

This post has been updated : Following adoption by the Senate last week, France is a step closer to  adopting a law  that will regulate the commercial exploitation of the image of children under the age of sixteen on online video-sharing platforms.  The law creates new obligations for online platforms, including by extending their data protection obligations. The current version of the law has been watered down from the initial proposition in relation to video platforms. Key provisions are the following: -    (i) The law extends an existing legislative framework regarding the treatment of revenues generated by young entertainers to children under 16 who appear online, for profit.  Employers of these children (and parents are included in this category) will be required to obtain prior authorisation and approval from the relevant prefect before engaging a child to a

The prohibition of cookie walls set out in the French regulator (CNIL) guidelines censored by the French Council of State

On 19 June 2020, the French “Conseil d'Etat” issued a decision in which it annulled a section from guidelines issued by the French data protection regulator (the “CNIL”) regarding the legality of the use of so-called ‘cookie walls’. The impugned section suggested that the practice of blocking the content of a site or application to a person who does not consent to the use of cookies is unlawful. The other provisions of the guidelines were validated by the Conseil d'Etat. On 4 th July 2019, the CNIL adopted deliberation No 2019-093 relating to the use of cookies and other online trackers. The deliberation constitutes formal guidelines and was issued as part of a larger CNIL action plan regarding targeted advertising, which was announced on June 28, 2019. The guidelines provide the CNIL's interpretation of applicable law in this area, recalling that a failure to comply may result in sanctions and it also sets out recommendations of good practice for the operators c

L’interdiction des cookie walls prévue par les lignes directrices de la CNIL censurée par le Conseil d’Etat

Le 19 juin 2020, le Conseil d’Etat a rendu une décision dans laquelle il annule la disposition des lignes directrices de la CNIL portant sur l’interdiction de la pratique qui consiste à bloquer le contenu d’un site ou d’une application à la personne qui ne consentirait pas aux cookies (appelée « cookie walls »). Les autres dispositions des lignes directrices ont été validées par le Conseil d’Etat. Le 4 juillet 2019, la CNIL a adopté la délibération n°2019-093 relative aux cookies et autres traceurs de connexion. La CNIL y présente des lignes directrices qui s’inscrivent dans le cadre de son plan d’action sur le ciblage publicitaire annoncé le 28 juin 2019. Ces lignes directrices livrent l’interprétation que retient la CNIL de la réglementation applicable en la matière, en rappelant que sa méconnaissance pourra donner lieu à des sanctions. Elles édictent également des bonnes pratiques à destination des opérateurs concernés. Ces lignes directrices ont été attaquées deva

Use of Drones by the French Police: Warning from the State Council

Recent demonstrations and protests around the world (“Yellow Jackets” – Gilets Jaunes – in France, Black Lives Matter etc) have gone hand in hand with the increasing use of surveillance technologies by the police forces to monitor participants. More generally, new technologies have given the opportunity to the law enforcement authorities to expand their control over the population, with the fear that these technologies are used in a way that may violate citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms (think of the controversial debate over Covid 19 contact tracing app). Amazon has also announced on 10 June that it would stop providing its facial recognition software (Rekognition) to the police in the US, to give time to the Congress to put in place “stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of facial recognition technology”.  In this context, the French State Council – the highest administrative jurisdiction in France – has issued an interesting decision on the 18th of May, whereby