In anticipation of the Swine Flu and the consequences that it may have upon the continuity of the business of companies, the French Data Protection Agency (known under the acronym "CNIL") recently issued recommendations regarding employers’ collection of employee data in connection with their swine flu business continuity programs.

The French government has strongly recommended that companies set up a plan for the continuity of their businesses in case of pandemic flu. Indeed, in case of pandemic, the French authorities anticipate significant degrees of absenteeism among employees and a possible paralysis of certain companies if they are not sufficiently prepared.