France Introduces Data Security Breach Notification Requirement for Electronic Communication Service Providers

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.  The Ordinance implements the provisions of the revised EU Directive 2002/58/EC (the “e-Privacy Directive”) with respect to the French Data Protection Act of 1978, the French Postal and Electronic Communications Code and the French Consumer Protection Code.  In particular, the Ordinance introduces new provisions under the French Data Protection Act, which impose an obligation on electronic communication service providers to provide notice in the event of a data security breach.

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