French Senate's Proposed Bill to Amend Data Protection Act


The French Senate drafted a proposed Bill in November 2009 that would amend the Data Protection Act, introducing a requirement for data controllers to obtain the prior consent of data subjects before installing cookies on their computers, and a security

breach notification obligation. The proposed Bill would also empower the French data protection authority to impose stronger fines. Olivier Proust, from Hunton & Williams, a legal expert consulted by the French Senate while drafting the proposal,

examines the main changes proposed by the Senate.

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