On 21 June 2018, a new law ("Loi n°2018-493 on the protection of personal data") was enacted which amends the existing French Data Protection Act (the "Act") in order to comply with the provisions set out in the GDPR and the Directive (EU) 2016/680 . In particular, the new law uses the possibilities provided for in the GDPR to implement specific national provisions, such as a different age limit that applies to minors. The essential provisions of the amended Data Protection Act are summarized in this article.
On 28th September, the French Parliament adopted the Digital Republic Bill ("Projet de loi pour une République numérique") marking the end a year long process which began in December 2015 to amend the laws regulating various aspects of the digital economy in France. The Bill has yet to be published in the Official Journal before it comes into force, which is expected to happen before the end of 2016.