Europe Data Protection Digest | Jan 22, 2010
The CNIL held its first awards ceremony last week. Ms. Roques-Bonnet received a prize of €7,000 for her thesis entitled "The Constitution and the Internet," which was recognized among eight theses. (Article in French.)
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