The Conseil d’Etat, the supreme court in administrative law disputes and claims against the state (or regulatory bodies), has ruled in its decision dated 28 September 2016, that the CNIL cannot indefinitely publish sanctions. In this case, a local, publicly funded theatre had used its customer list to send communications with a view to defending an action by City Hall in the wake of local elections. The CNIL had sanctioned this use of the customer list as not being compatible with its initial purpose. It issued a warning and decided that it should be published without any limitation in respect of time. The Conseil d’Etat considered this disproportionate and asked the CNIL to rule on an appropriate time limit, following which the warning should be taken down.