Yesterday, the French National Assembly adopted the draft bill to protect personal data on the Internet, a bill which is based on European legislation, namely “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR), which takes effect on 25 May.
At the last reading, MPs added an amendment seeking to prevent browsers and search engines from being installed by default on smart phones, tablets or computers. The amendment made by the government is aimed at protecting personal health data held in patients’ medical records.
The GDPR obliges companies, organisations, associations and sub-contractors to collect only essential information. They must have the informed consent of the parties concerned, who reserve the right to monitor how this information is used.
MPs have also granted the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL – French Data Protection Authority) increased powers to control and relax procedures for checking compliance in line with public interests.