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French Consumer Protection Panel Flags Unfair Privacy Practices

Like the United States, France has a broadly-worded consumer protection statute prohibiting unfair clauses in consumer contracts (the French term is “clauses abusives”). What constitutes an “unfair” clause is in some cases fixed by regulation. But in many cases, the term is left to the interpretation of the courts and France’s consumer protection agency, the DGCCRF. France created an advisory panel to issue guidance on what constitutes an unfair clause in various circumstances. On December 3, 2014, the panel published a lengthy opinion identifying 46 clauses in social media terms of use and privacy policies that the panel considers unfair.