Traditionally, companies in France trying to utilise hotlines as part of whistleblowing policies and procedures have struggled as the French authorities have a tendency to view them as non-compliant with national legislation and therefore null and void.
Pre- recent changes the general situation was that companies were only allowed to record and collect information via hotlines where there was a serious situation relating to banking, accountancy, financial issues and/or corruption. Hotlines were also acceptable where they were dealing with issues relating to compliance with competition law but only when the issues raised were made to “answer to a legislative or regulatory requirement”.
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