What is the CNIL of France?
Last Updated: March 18, 2020
The Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertes (CNIL) is an independent French administrative body that focuses on regulating the data privacy law and ensuring it is applied to the collection, storage, and use of personal data. There are 17 members who form the commission and are elected in. It was created in 1978 and functions in accordance with the French Data Protection Act.
The mission of the CNIL is to:
- Inform individuals of their rights
- Protect the rights of citizens
- Regulate and advise
- Propose and enact certifications and corporate rules that create conformity for an entire professional branch
- Take upcoming new technologies into consideration for the upcoming uses of data
- Inspect and intervene when data controllers may be acting outside of the law
Additionally, it is the administrative body that responds to requests made by individuals and companies about their rights. The revised cookies part of the CNIL rules only apply to the processing of cookies of an establishment in France, regardless of whether the actual processing takes place in France.