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Daily Dashboard | French DNA Sweep Exposes Differing Cultural Norms Related reading: CFPB releases Consumer Protection Principles on financial data sharing


The Christian Science Monitor reports on the differing privacy norms in France and the U.S. through the prism of a case where a high school student was raped and more than 500 male students and staff willingly submitted to DNA testing to help find the rapist. One expert said that although the French value their privacy, the case has not sparked a mass outcry because of its criminal context. In the U.S., the case likely would have raised civil rights and Fourth Amendment violation concerns, the report states. Pascale Gelly, CIPP/E, said, “France takes data privacy very seriously,” adding, “Massive testing will always raise privacy issues, and that’s good because it’s always important to (ask) the question, ‘Is it proportionate or not?’”
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