Personal Data Collection And Processing Under European And French Law

The European Data Protection Directive strictly regulates personal data collection, processing and transfer. The application of this Directive concerns the data controllers established in Europe, or which processing equipment (i.e.: computing center) is established in Europe, and the non-European companies transferring personal data from Europe.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the processing of personal data within the meaning of the Data Protection Directive?
What is a data controller?
What are the basic rules applicable to data processing?
What happens if personal data are collected without the user having any knowledge of such collection?
What happens when data is transferred to a non–European country?

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