French Privacy Watchdog Gets New Online Review Authority

Law360, New York (March 20, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT) -- The French privacy regulator gained an additional investigative tool on Tuesday, when a new consumer law took effect that allows the agency to sift through data available online to determine whether a company has violated the country's data protection law.

The Act on the Consumption, Law No. 2014-344, amends the country's Data Protection Act to give the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes the ability to perform remote inspections of companies using data that has been publicly posted online.

“This amendment creates the legal conditions...
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