Life sciences companies doing business in France will be interested in the recent results of Optical Center’s appeal of a penalty assessed by the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, the French data protection authority, surrounding a data breach. The data breach allowed access to invoices and purchases containing personal and sensitive customer data. Optical Center appealed the initial 250,000 euro penalty, and the French Highest administrative Court (Council of State) lowered the penalty fee to 200,000 euros. The possibility to file an appeal following a decision by the CNIL may be considered a strategic option for companies operating in France.

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