On October 8, the French Supreme Judicial Court (Cour de cassation) ruled (source document in French) that evidence resulting from personal data processing that occurred prior to registration with the French Data Protection Authority ("CNIL") is illegal and cannot be used to support an employee dismissal. This decision overturns a 2009 decision, in which an appellate court decided that personal data processing that enables the employer to monitor employee email, even if registered afterward with CNIL, did not disqualify the evidence.

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