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The French Data Protection Authority, CNIL, launched a public consultation on 23 February on consent requirements, and in particular on consent of minors, as part of its work on interpretation and implementation of the General Data Protection Regulat...

For the first time, French Broadcast Authority CSA has warned the owner of Youtube Channel ‘Studio Bagel’ that he might be in breach of the French Public Health Law.   After having watched the first episode of “Tipsy Recipes&...

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) released a report on the effects of radiofrequency exposure on children’s health. The report concludes that radiofrequency exposure h...

Last week the French Assembly adopted an amendment re-introducing a ban on commercial advertising during and around children’s TV programmes on public broadcasting. The amended text was sent back to the Senate for re-examination. On 16 Decembe...

Thanks to the determination of leaders of the Green Group, a Bill tabled by the Greens in the French Senate aiming at restricting advertising in children’s programmes will be examined earlier than anticipated. The proposal, which was not sched...

On 21 October, the French Senate voted in favour of a legislative proposal put forward by the Green party to ban commercial advertising fifteen minutes before and after children’s TV programmes on public broadcasting. The bill was firmly oppos...

A legislative proposal put forward in July 2015 by the French Senator Andre Gattolin (EELV) and the Greens was adopted by the Senate’s Culture Committee on 14 October. The bill proposes to prohibit advertising on national public service channe...

In December 2014, French Senators Chantal Jouanno (UDI-UC) and Roland Couteau (PS) presented a report with ten recommendations against the production and the marketing of gender-specific toys on behalf of the Group for women’s rights and g...

Several federations of school inspectors claim industry-sponsored material used in primary schools contains hidden advertising that may influence parents’ decisions to subscribe to internet-related insurance policies. Since the fall of 2013, t...

A group of French Senators members of the Green party “Europe Ecologie Les Verts” (EELV) has put forward a proposal to protect children and teens – defined as minors under 12 – from the effects of TV advertising. They claim th...

On 16 April, a Working Group of the French advertising self-regulatory organisation (ARPP) issued an opinion with the results of an inquiry revealing that specific advertising rules exist against the sexualisation of children and that all adverts rev...

The French Academy of Science recently published a report on children’s use of digital devices. Although primarily aimed at teaching staff, the report concludes with a series of recommendations for children’s parents. The report (“...

On 17 January, center-right member of the French Assembly Jean-Christophe Lagarde put forward a proposal which seeks to create a traffic light system for packaging of food and beverages and would extend their labeling to TV advertising. The draft bi...

The French Children's Ombudsman has put forward ten proposals to increase the protection of children in our increasingly technological world in an extensive report published on 20 November 2012, entitled “Children and screens: growing up in the...

On 31 October, the French Advertising Self-Regulatory Organisation (ARPP) released figures highlighting industry’s good compliance to the 2010 ARPP’s food recommendations which aim to improve the quality of food advertising. While the re...

On 5 March, UMP Senator Chantal Jouanno handed a 161-page report to the Government against the hypersexualisation of children, following a request of French Minister of Solidarities and Social Cohesion Roselyne Bachelot. The author found that childr...

On 21 February, Jacques Hintzy, president of UNICEF France, presented a Charter on “The protection of children in the media” to Solidarities and Social Cohesion Minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin. The voluntary Charter def...

On 13 December, the Commission Nationale Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), the French data protection authority, released the results of a survey on the use of smartphones by consumers aged 15 and older. 71% of respondents do not read the c...

A working group set up by Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, French Minister of Solidarities and Social Cohesion, will release mid-January 2012 a Charter to protect children in the media. The Charter will establish ethical, deontological and educational cri...

Six months before the national election, French consumer association “UFC Que Choisir” addressed all presidential candidates a “Consumer Pact” highlighting its priorities for consumer policy. The “Pact” contains 1...

On 4 July 2011, a survey commissioned by the French data protection authority (CNIL), the family organisation UNAF, and children’s protection group Action innocence found that nearly 20% of children under 13 are registered to a social network, ...