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1 June 2020 | Laure Marolleau

Covid-19 and the “StopCovid” app

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more specifically the so-called “lockdown-lifting” strategy, the French Government decided to implement an app called “StopCovid” available on smartphones, the aim of which is to alert its users that they have been in close proximity to people who have been tested positive for COVID-19 and who use the same app, as this proximity entails a risk of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

This is one of the digital devices implemented by the Government as part of this overall “lockdown-lifting” strategy.

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12 May 2020 | Laure Marolleau

Covid-19 and Contact Tracing

While France is entering the first phase of its end-of-lockdown plan, the Government’s strategy to combat a resumption of the epidemic is now based on monitoring “contact tracing”, i.e. the swift identification of any person who has been close to a patient in order to also test him/her and, if necessary, isolate him/her to avoid the spread the of the disease.

French authorities are planning an “information system” based on two medical databases: Sidep and Contact Covid. As the design of the StopCovid app. is still under way, its deployment was not included in the end-of-lockdown plan presented on April 28, 2020.

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29 April 2020 | Laure Marolleau

Covid-19 and Telework: Data protection

The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted many companies to implement teleworking solutions. The implementation of this type of working method requires that rules be duly followed to guarantee the security of information systems and processed data.

The French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés or “CNIL”) has published recommendations to help secure personal data in this context.

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30 January 2020 | Laure Marolleau

The French Data Protection Authority releases a recommendation on cookies

As part of its action plan on targeted advertisement, the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés or “CNIL”) is proposing a consultation on a draft recommendation on practical procedures for collecting Internet user consent for the use of online trackers.

Following the guidelines recalling the legal provisions that govern the use of cookies and other trackers adopted on July 4, 2019, the CNIL conducted a consultation during the fall of 2019, in order to prepare a draft recommendation proposing operational procedures for obtaining consent. This draft is now subject to public consultation until February 25, 2020. At the end of this period, a final version of the recommendation will be presented for final adoption.

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