Direction du Développement des Médias
and Commission Nationale de l'informatique et des Libertés
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.