On February 8 and 9, 2016, the French Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Prevention of Fraud (the ‘DGCCRF’) and the French Data Protection Authority (the ‘CNIL’), through an obviously concerted action, have publicised regulatory enforcement measures they are undertaking against Facebook.
The DGCCRF is requiring Facebook to re-write its Terms and Conditions on the grounds of consumer protection for France
The DGCCRF issued an injunction to Facebook requiring either revising or removing certain clauses of its Terms and Conditions which would be considered as unfair and “abusive” terms under French consumer law. This concerns in particular provisions granting Facebook the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any content or information posted by Facebook users, or to update its Payment Terms at any time without informing the users beforehand. The DGCCRF required Facebook to take appropriate action within 60 days. Otherwise, Facebook can be sued before the French courts.
Continue Reading By jointly tackling Facebook, French regulators set an example to large international digital media companies – First prominent enforcement measure after the Safe Harbor invalidation