France urges Apple and Google to ease privacy rules on contact tracing

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French government becomes first to call for invasive measures in effort to combat coronavirus.

French data protection watchdog slams Windows 10

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The CNIL said Microsoft was collecting 'excessive' amounts of data not needed for the software to operate, and browser spying 'without consent'.

Mediapart takes Bettencourt censorship case to European Court of Human Rights


France’s highest court the Cour de Cassation has upheld the ruling that censored Mediapart's coverage of the Bettencourt affair. The decision confirms that more than 70 articles detailing the secret recordings made by the Bettencourt family's butler must remain suppressed, even though the revelation of the content of these very recordings has led to a string of scandals and high-profile judicial investigations. Editor François Bonnet says that faced with this anti-freedom stance by the top French courts, who have given the right to privacy complete precedence over the public's right to know, Mediapart has no choice but to appeal to Europe.

French consumers' association sues Facebook, Twitter and Google

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Watchdog UFC-Que Choisir is suing the social media giants for using 'illegible' user terms of conditions that breach internet users' privacy.

Google forced to show privacy fail message on homepage

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 French judge refuses to suspend order obliging Google to publish a notice saying it has been fined for breaches of French data protection act.

Hollande's surgery re-ignites privacy debate in France

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Many politicians from all sides of the spectrum have been aghast at media revelation about French president's prostate operation in 2011.

French first lady claims court victory in privacy battle

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Paris court awardsValérie Trierweiler €10,000 in damages after ruling that a book about her love life breached her right to privacy.

French watchdog summons Google to hand over captured data

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France's data-protection authority demands Google hand over data secretly collected from internet users which it failed to delete as promised.

French man sues Google Views over photo of him peeing in front yard

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A French man sues Google over a photo on its Street View application showing him urinating in his front yard, making him the village laughing stock.