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France introduces data security breach notification requirement for electronic communication service providers

France - August 26 2011 On August 24, 2011, France’s new law concerning electronic communications (Ordonnance n° 2011-1012 du 24 août 2011 relative aux communications électroniques, or the “Ordinance”) came into force. 

French court rules investigation by Competition Authority did not breach employee privacy rights

France - March 23 2010 On February 19, 2010, the Court of Appeals of Versailles (the "Court") upheld the unlimited seizure and review of a company's emails by several agents of the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la Concurrence).

Mathieu Guillaumond, Ray V. Hartwell, Paul McGeown

Data subjects to be informed of CCTV surveillance use

Lithuania - June 4 2009 On April 17, 2009, the Lithuanian Data Protection Agency (ADA) issued recommendations on video surveillance, specifying that the use of CCTV should be notified by data controllers, irrespective of whether or not the images collected are recorded in a file.

Cédric Burton, Dr. Jörg Hladjk, Christopher Kuner

Prosecutor’s office blocks website access

Belgium - June 4 2009 On April 22, 2009, the Belgian Public Prosecutor ordered 17 Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to a Dutch website ( that was disclosing the names and locations of individuals suspected of pedophile crimes.

Cédric Burton, Dr. Jörg Hladjk, Christopher Kuner

Spanish DPA issues internet user privacy recommendations

Spain - June 4 2009 On May 13, 2009, the Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) issued extensive guidance with online privacy and security recommendations.

Cédric Burton, Dr. Jörg Hladjk, Christopher Kuner