Subject access rights and their use in France

The access right, as set out in section 39 of the French Data Protection Act, is the right for an individual to ask whether an organisation holds and/or processes personal data relating to the individual and, if so, enables the individual to obtain a copy of such personal data.

An individual may request the following information: a description of the personal data being processed; the reasons for the processing of such personal data; and the source and recipients of the data; and whether there is a transfer of that data outside the EU.

The access right enables individuals to check the accuracy of the data collected by the organisation and, if necessary, allows an individual to have their data corrected, completed or deleted. A subject access request (SAR) can be made in writing or ‘on site’ at the premises of the organisation collecting the individual’s personal data. In addition, no fee can be charged for submitting a subject access request other than the cost of copying the data…

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