Emmanuel Macron chooses Marie-Laure Denis to lead the Cnil

Compliance with the RGPD, security breaches, surveillance of the american giants of the Web... it is a busy year awaits Marie-Laure Denis. This last was chosen

Emmanuel Macron chooses Marie-Laure Denis to lead the Cnil

Compliance with the RGPD, security breaches, surveillance of the american giants of the Web... it is a busy year awaits Marie-Laure Denis. This last was chosen on Friday by Emmanuel Macron as the new president of the Cnil, the Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés, the French authority which ensures the security of citizens ' data.

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She will replace Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who has been designated on Thursday by the Prime minister to be one of the five guarantors of the "great national debate", in the midst of a crisis of the yellow vests. She was in charge of the Cnil since 2011.

as a Former ARCEP and the CSA

The appointment of Marie-Laure Denis still needs to be validated by the national Assembly and the Senate. A graduate of science po and the ENA, she has been an auditor to the State Council and member of several ministerial cabinets in the early 2000s. She was also part of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) and the Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep). Other names were approached to direct the Cnil, as Benoît Thieulin , former director of the national digital Council (CNNum), Axelle Lemaire, ex-secretary of State for the Digital François Hollande and Didier Casas, general secretary of Bouygues Telecom.

The Cnil is an independent administrative authority, responsible for protecting the personal data and freedoms of French citizens. For example, it is the one that ensures the proper application of the RGPD, the european regulation of data protection, in force since may 2018, and which control the way in which companies can process the information of european internet users. It also has the power to monitor and penalize agencies that do not comply with rules French in terms of privacy. In 2018, the Cnil has pronounced 14 penalties, nine of which were financial, and 79 warnings. The amount of his pecuniary sanctions can amount up to 20 million euros or 4% of the annual turnover of a global company.

Updated Date: 19 January 2019, 00:00

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