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France - Direction du Développement des Médias and Commission Nationale de l'informatique et des Libertés (CNIL)


The Direction du Développement des Médias (DDM) - under the authority of the Office of the French Prime Minister - is in charge of regulatory reform in the field of communication and online services. The DDM provides several documents, as well as information regarding anti-spam legislation and activities: and in July 2003, it established a Contact Group to fight spam. 

The competent enforcement agency is the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), an independent administrative agency, which enforces the Data Protection Act enacted in 1978 and other related laws. In July 2002, the Commission created the Spam Mailbox, a reporting mechanism for spam e-mails, to help combat this scourge. 

Another body involved in the fight against spam is the Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF), which deals with fraud and scams perpetrated through spam messages. However, to date, the DGCCRF has not taken any concrete action in this area.

Competent authority

Commission Nationale de l'informatique et des Libertés (CNIL)
Regime: Opt-in

Contact person 


  • Mme Sophie Nerbonne,
    Division des affaires economiques
    21 r St Guillaume 
    75007 PARIS
    Ph.: +33(0)1 53 73 22 70

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