France criminal records database expanded during COVID-19

France criminal records database expanded during COVID-19

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Organisation Name

La Quadrature du Net

Country/Jurisdiction

France

Thematic Area

Privacy and data protection

Current Status

Ongoing

Description

In March 2020, France introduced an emergency law imposing a strict lockdown on the whole country. People who did not comply were subject to fines and even jail time. Authorities recorded data on lockdown infringements in a criminal record database previously used only for driving offences, violating French and EU data protection standards.

In November 2020, La Quadrature du Net filed a claim before the Conseil d’État to overturn the French government’s expansion of the criminal record database to include COVID-19 lockdown infringements.

"Authorities recorded data on lockdown infringements in a criminal record database previously used only for driving offences, violating French and EU data protection standards."

Strategic Goal

To ensure that, in France, personal data of people who break the law is collected only for limited and specific purposes, meeting French and EU data protection standards.

Organisation Name

Women’s Link Worldwide