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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

France Edges Closer to Data Localization

In another sign of the significant and ongoing impact of the CJEU ruling on Safe Harbor and concerns about surveillance by governments in the U.S. and elsewhere, the French Senate on May 3 amended a “Digital Republic” bill, previously passed by the National Assembly, with a provision that would require the storage of personal data in data centers located in the European Union and prohibit the transfer of personal data to a non-EU third country. The bill also accelerates the applicability of a number of provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into effect on May 25, 2018.  Given certain incompatibilities between the language of the bill and the GDPR, which prohibits member states from restricting transfers to third countries, the final language of the bill is expected to change.

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