Marie-Laure DENIS reappointed Chair of the CNIL

31 January 2024

Following the favourable opinion of the Law Committees of the National Assembly and the Senate on 17 January 2024, Marie-Laure Denis was reappointed Chair of the CNIL for a five-year term by a decree published in the Official Journal of the French Republic on 31 January 2024.

On 21 November 2023, the President of the French Republic proposed the reappointment of Marie-Laure Denis as Chair of the CNIL. As required by law (article 13 of the Constitution), Marie-Laure Denis was then heard by the Law Committees of the National Assembly and the Senate on Wednesday 17 January 2024. Both committees gave their favourable opinions on her appointment.

By decree of the President of the Republic of 30th January 2024, published on 31st January in the Official Journal, Marie-Laure Denis has been reappointed Chair of the CNIL for a five-year term.

I am honoured to be reappointed. I see this decision as recognition of the work accomplished by the CNIL's College and agents in recent years. Given the explosion of digital uses in our daily lives, we must continue to work for effective protection of personal data and the right to privacy, while favouring pragmatic and balanced regulation.

Marie-Laure Denis

During her parliamentary hearings, Marie-Laure Denis outlined some of her ambitions and priorities for the next five years:

  • child protection in online use and digital education;
  • maintaining a balance between freedom and security;
  • regulating artificial intelligence;
  • cyber risk prevention;
  • participation in the shared governance of the texts resulting from the "European digital package";
  • the CNIL's ability to cover the whole French territory.

Marie-Laure Denis graduated from the Institut d'études politiques of Paris in 1988 and is a former student of the École nationale d'administration ("Condorcet" promotion). She has devoted 20 years of her professional career to regulation within independent administrative authorities.

Member of the Council of State, she began her career in government in 1990, serving as a member or director of local authority or ministerial cabinets.

In 2004, Marie-Laure Denis became a member of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (now Arcom) until 2011, when she joined the Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep), also as a member of the College, until 2017. She was also a member of the sanctions committee (CORDIS) of the Commission de régulation de l'énergie (CRE) from 2017 to 2019.

Marie-Laure Denis, Councillor of State, is Chair of the CNIL since 2 February 2019.