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February 16 2015

New CNIL Accountability Standard May Become European Model

"Chairwoman of the French data protection authority (the CNIL), Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, has long been an outspoken proponent that companies should have internal accountability mechanisms for data protection compliance. On January 13, 2015 the CNIL published a standard defining what accountability means in practice. Companies that demonstrate that they comply with the new standard will be able to obtain an ""accountability seal"" from the CNIL. The primary purpose of the CNIL 's new accountability standard is to prepare companies for the day when accountability will become a legal obligation under the future EU General Data Protection Regulation. The CNIL 's standard can help companies move forward in developing accountability programs that are likely to be in compliance with the EU Regulation, even before the Regulation 's adoption."