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Canadians Travelling to Europe: It is Now Illegal To Take Pictures

As you probably know already by receiving hundreds of emails about it, Europe has introduced a new draconic law called General Data Protection Regulation which states what you can do and can not do with data that you have collected. The GDPR for short has come into effect as of May 25th, 2018.

Maybe you have been under a rock last few months you have no idea and asking WTF is GDPR – here is the summary for you:

The objective of this new set of rules is to give citizens back control over of their personal data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business. The data protection reform is a key enabler of the Digital Single Market which the Commission has prioritised. The reform will allow European citizens and businesses to fully benefit from the digital economy.

So basically starting this year, after spending few thousand dollars to get to Europe from say Montreal and are strolling along Champs-Elysees in Paris, be careful when taking pictures. If you take a picture, and there is another person’s face on that picture, you could be fined and potentially (?) jailed.

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But no so fast, buster. Do not ask your parents to PayPal you money to get you out of jail just yet.

Basically, Europe is getting very overzealous on protecting its citizens’ rights. As per their photo taking GDRP policy , they warn you to be careful when taking photos when other people are present.

Our culture must change into one which accepts that all individuals enjoy a reasonable expectation of privacy. What might constitute a good candid picture for a street photographer might, on the other hand, adversely affect the privacy rights of the individual captured on the photograph, particularly where such person might be facing difficult situations or extraordinary life circumstances.

Therefore, this Office strongly recommends that when the  photographer intends to publish or commercially use a photograph clearly identifying a data subject, the provisions of article 9(a) of the Data Protection Act must be satisfied. This shall mean that no processing shall be allowed without the informed consent of the data subject.

So to summarize, you can still take photos of Eiffel Tour just make sure you use it for your own enjoyment or maybe show it to your parents when you get home and that is it.

Where it gets interesting, anything else you do with the image but keep it on your camera might get you in trouble.

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So if you decide to take that picture and upload it to Facebook for example – this would fall under the law that can get you in trouble.

Basically, if you post a photo on Facebook (now publicly available – does not matter if you just have 1 friend on facebook) – now you will get in trouble

  • whether the photo was taken in a public place;
  •  whether the individual is a public person;
  • whether the publication was in the public interest; and
  • whether the photograph was taken during a public event.

But you are a law-abiding citizen and do not want to get in trouble? Before taking a picture, brilliant European government is asking you to go around and get “informed consent of the data subject”.

Lars Rieck is an European lawyer specializing in photography:

Street photography in my mind will have a big problem now.

If you have the consent of the person on your picture, there’s no problem. You can use the picture. But this consent has to be informed, as they say. So you have to tell the person in advance what you want to do with the picture. And also, a big drawback is consent can be taken back anytime.

OK you say, this is nuts, I am not gonna go asking hundreds of people for authorization just to take a picture of Berlin Wall – what am I to do? Easy, before publishing your photos to social media, you would need to erase all peoples’ faces.

If you still publish that photo, the people in the photo can file a claim against you, and the European agency can fine you, or ask you to delete the photo from the media where you have posted it.

You have been warned!

SOURCE: https://www.npr.org/2018/05/24/614195844/new-eu-data-protection-law-could-affect-people-who-take-pictures-with-their-phon

France launches French Tech Visa / lures tech talent

France wants you to pack your bags and say “Bonjour” to doing your tech business startup in France. If selected, you will get a 4 year work visa and can bring your spouse with you to live and work in one of the 41 French incubators. Visa could also be renewed on 4 year term basis. La French Tech is an initiative by the French Government to support the French Startup Ecosystem. Please note that citizen from European Economic Area and Switzerland do not need such a visa . 

However France and EU are not without their problems. France with its high taxes, and low entrepreneurship rates is trying to reinvent itself by luring fresh tech minds from other countries with French Tech Visa. The country where even French businessmen went out into the streets not so long ago, shouting “enough is enough” into megaphones — an expression of their frustration with the layers of regulations and government’s anti-business stance.

By creating this program, France is moving in the right direction, but at the end of day Europe and France in particular needs to become more competitive in global markets. That can be achieved only by various policy changes, such as keeping top tax rates at sensible levels and regulatory reforms that would give companies more freedom to manage their businesses as they see fit, including, when necessary, closing plants and reducing head counts. That is the only viable path to sustainable growth and, ultimately, more jobs.

Whatever you do however, keep in mind no after-work e-mails are allowed as the French government has recently ordered to ignore the boss’s emails after 6pm.  Also do not forget that in France the work week is 35 hours a week. Time to be more efficient.

La French Tech was created by French Ministry for the Economy and Finance, in partnership with the Direction Générale des Entreprises, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Commissariat général à l’Investissment, Bpifrance, Business France, and Caisse des Dêpôts et Consigation.

The way the visa works is described below: 

  • Validity: Four years, on a renewable basis.
  • Family: “Talent Passport – Family” residence permit granted to spouse of the main applicant, guaranteeing identical family treatment and automatic labor market access (as an employee, business founder, etc.).
  • No work permit is required for any work performed as an employee.
  • Upon certain conditions, a fast-track procedure will be provided.

How do you get this visa?

Apply to the French Tech Ticket Program*

The French Tech Ticket is a 12-month seed accelerator program designed for international entrepreneurs willing to create their startup in France. More than just a startup visa, this 12-month program offers end to end support on the journey of 70 international startups, from early stage start-up to successful business – from financial support and training to first customer acquisition. *winners will benefit from a fast-track procedure www.FrenchTechTicket.com

Apply to Start-Up Accelerators & Competitions* La French Tech will soon be partnering with French Accelerators and Start-Up Competitions. This partnership will provide accelerator and competition participants exclusive support to the French Tech Visa application process. *winners will benefit from a fast-track procedure

Apply to the French Tech Visa for Founders

Contact your local French Consulate or the local “Prefecture” (if you already reside in France) and follow the general procedure to apply for a “Passeport Talent”.