Interlegal News Update - November 2017 - The French Digital Republic Act

Introduction

In the wake of the GDPR (the EU General Data Protection Regulation) which will come into force in early 2018, the French Digital Republic Act passed last year aims to enhance the rights of French citizens by introducing a set of general principles and rights that allow individuals to decide and to control the way their personal data is used and collected.

On the 7th of October last year, the French Digital Republic Act ("Loi n°2016-1321 pour une République numérique") came into force, amending the French Data Protection Act of 1978. This new reform amended various aspects of the digital economy in France introducing new provisions regulating open data, online cooperative economy, revenge porn and access to the internet.

The French Digital Republic Act is intended to work in tandem with and add to its sister EU regulation, the GDPR, which will come into force in May, 2018.

According to the EU commission, the GDPR intendeds to “harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.”

It is whereby these two regulations, the GDPR and the French Digital Republic Act, data protection standards are established in France.