The French data protection authority (CNIL) has issued orders in several recent cases that illegal data processing cease immediately, according to Matthias Rubner of Latham & Watkins LLP. CNIL investigators can audit a company's data protection controls without warning to review its data collection methods as well as the data it collects. Companies fined for breaches by CNIL are named on the authority's Web site and appear in French newspapers regularly, the report states, causing reputational damage to the brand. Recent cases included fines of €10,000 to a retail store and €40,000 to a marketing company. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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