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Since the loot box debate peaked again in April 2018 with regulatory enforcement action being announced or taken in South Korea, Belgium and the Netherlands, things have calmed down significantly. Nevertheless, several proceedings, investigations and legislative actions which were initiated during the first loot box peak in October/November 2017 are still ongoing, one of them being the investigation commenced by the French gambling regulator, the Autorité de regulation des jeux en ligne (“ARJEL”). For different reasons, the decision of the…

The Australian and French privacy regulators have also respectively issued guidance on getting accountability right but take a slightly different approach compared to the Canadian, Hong Kong and Colombian regulators in that they do not expressly refer to, or promote the implementation of, privacy management programs.The French ApproachThe French data protection authority was the first European privacy regulator to release a standard outlining what accountability means in practice. The French Standard, released in January 2015,…

Nearly every company in the world is struggling to effectively manage the broad range of legal and operational risks associated with data. Data is everywhere, and everyone is working to maximize its organizational value, while avoiding wrongful disclosures, theft of informational assets, and the losses related to the costly legal fallout. This is the result, in large part, of new legislation, heightened regulatory scrutiny and marketplace expectations, and increased dependence on service providers for core…

On 19 November 2015, the French data protection authority (“CNIL”) published a set of guidelines and FAQs providing guidance to French businesses currently transferring, or planning to transfer, personal data from the EU to the U.S. What Options Are Available For Transferring Personal Data From France To the U.S.?CNIL expressly states that transferring personal data from France to the U.S. on the basis of Safe Harbor is no longer an option. It further confirms that, while…

The French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) published practical guidelines to help employers and recruiters manage personal data of employees and job candidates (“personnel data”), in addition to the Work & Personnel Data Guidance Sheet and Guide for Employers and Employees.RecruitmentDuring the recruitment process, employers should only collect information that may help them assess the candidate’s ability to perform the job duties, such as their qualification and experience. Employers are not allowed to ask for the…