The French Court Case That Threatens to Bring the “Right to be Forgotten” Everywhere – Nani Jansen Reventlow

27 04 2017

A court case in France might drastically change what information individuals can access online. The case is pending before the French Council of State—France’s highest court—and concerns a “right to be forgotten” dispute between Google and the French data protection authority, CNIL. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection and Intermediary liability: how do the French do it? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

24 04 2017

While the scope of intermediary liability exemptions is being discussed in several places around Europe (and beyond), it is interesting to go back to the Overblog legal saga, which a few years ago had been described by some as pre-announcing other popular sagas, such as the infamous Google Spain case (discussed in a previous post here). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, France: X v Google France and Google Inc, Court orders “delisting” of story alleging links to a sex scandal

17 06 2016

0901_google_BIGIn the case of X v Google France and Google Inc (Judgment of 13 May 2016), the Tribunal de grand instance de Paris ordered Google Inc to remove a link to a URL of a blog accusing the applicant of being linked to a sex scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





France: Julie Gayet wins further privacy damages, but would she succeed in the UK? – Nathan Capone

18 10 2015

GayetActress Julie Gayet has won damages against two French magazines for breach of privacy after the magazines published photos taken with a long-lens of her and partner Francois Hollande at a private Versailles retreat. The tribunal de Nanterre ordered both magazines to pay the sum of €1,500 each to Ms Gayet. This case follows Gayet’s successful privacy claim against Closer magazine last year in respect of an article detailing her relationship with President Hollande. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, France: Leonardo DiCaprio v Oops! Magazine, Damages and order for publication of judicial findings over false “pregnancy” story

11 08 2015

Ooops LeonardoOn 27 July 2015, the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris awarded damages of €8,000 to the actor Leonardo DiCaprio for interference with his private life and his image rights. Oops! magazine was ordered to publish a statement summarising the decision on the front cover.  The judgment (DiCaprio v Oops!) is available in only in French. Read the rest of this entry »





What if the French constitutional judges had read the Davis Judgement? Would we be living in a better world? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

29 07 2015

1695732_3_5e5d_les-membres-du-conseil-constitutionnel_6ab46a8063cf3f19b9b4a0a2007b97d6The French Constitutional Court (Conseil Constitutionnel) issued its decision n°2015-713 DC on the recently adopted Law on intelligence on 23 July 2015. Reading its decision after having read the Davis judgment of the English High Court, one wonders whether legal syllogism has suddenly been replaced by useless tautology. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, France: Julie Gayet v Closer, Privacy damages awarded against French tabloid – Alexia Bedat

28 03 2014

gayetThe tribunal de Nanterre ordered yesterday that Closer pay the French actress Julie Gayet €15,000 in damages for breach of privacy. The full judgment is available here in French. Read the rest of this entry »