French personal data authority uses publicity as a weapon Against Apple Retail France

November 21st, 2014

In December 2013, the APPLE RETAIL France Company (‘Apple’) received a first public notice concerning the video surveillance system implemented in the Opera Apple Store in Paris.

On this occasion, the French Data Protection Authority (the ‘CNIL’) notably asked Apple to (i) redirect some cameras, which filmed employees in areas accessible to employees only on a continuous basis and (ii) inform them of the existence of such video surveillance system. Read the rest of this entry »

Jean-Paul Sartre and Jacques Tati might shortly be allowed to smoke in public again …

January 22nd, 2011

On January 19, 2011, French MPs approved a bill that excludes “cultural heritage” from the (too large) scope of French Law No. 91-32, dated 10 January 1991: the so-called and controversial “Loi Evin”, related to “the fight against tobacco and alcoholism”. Read the rest of this entry »

Google suggest(s)…

January 20th, 2011

The French Civil Court of Paris, throughout a judgment dated September 8, 2010 convicted Google Inc and its chief executive Eric Schmidt of defamation over results from its new “Google suggest” service. Read the rest of this entry »

First steps to define specific guidelines for new actors of the digital advertising area

January 20th, 2011

In December 2010, the French advertising self-regulatory organization, (hereinafter, the “ARPP”) adopted new ethical rules related to “Digital Advertising”, targeting new media, formats and techniques. Read the rest of this entry »

ANTI COUNTERFEITING Washington/Brussels – 22nd August 2010

August 24th, 2010

Joint Press Declaration from all the ACTA negotiating parties – 10th round of Negotiations

The 10th round of negotiations on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was held in Washington, D.C. from 16 – 20 August 2010, and was hosted by the United States of America. United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Deputy United States Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro welcomed the delegations and thanked them for all of their work in the negotiations.

Participants in the negotiations included Australia, Canada, the European Union, represented by the European Commission, the EU Presidency (Belgium) and EU Member States, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States of America.

Based on the progress made in the previous round, in Lucerne, Switzerland, participants advanced their discussions in all sections of the agreement, including the Preamble, Initial Provisions, General Obligations, Civil Enforcement, Border Measures, Criminal Enforcement, Enforcement Measures in the Digital Environment, International Cooperation, Enforcement Practices, Institutional Arrangements and Final Provisions.

During the week, the United States hosted informal meetings with stakeholders, representatives from non-governmental organization (NGOs), business leaders and the participants in the ACTA negotiating round. The United States offered these meetings to give interested parties and governmental officials the opportunity to interact and discuss the issues concerned with ACTA.

Participants stressed the importance of ACTA as an Agreement that will establish an international framework for their efforts to more effectively combat the proliferation of counterfeiting and piracy, which undermines legitimate trade and the sustainable development of the world economy.

While ACTA aims to establish effective enforcement standards for existing intellectual property rights, it is not intended to include new intellectual property rights or to enlarge or diminish existing intellectual property rights.

ACTA will not interfere with a signatory’s ability to respect fundamental rights and liberties. ACTA will be consistent with the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) and the Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health. The ACTA negotiators reiterated that ACTA will not hinder the cross-border transit of legitimate generic medicines, and reaffirmed that patents will not be covered in the Section on Border Measures. ACTA will not oblige border authorities to search travelers’ baggage or their personal electronic devices for infringing materials.

Participants in the meeting agreed that Japan would host the next negotiating round in September 2010. Participants committed to resolving remaining substantive issues at that round, and agreed to publicly release the full text of the agreement before deciding to sign it.

Source: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/