Thursday, 20 January, 2022

Suspicion of illegal registration for Monsanto: an investigation is open

The Paris prosecutor’s office announced that it had opened an investigation on Friday the day after the revelation of a possible illegal filing for the American giant Monsanto of hundreds of personalities and media, depending on their position vis-à-vis glyphosate, GMOs or their propensity to be influenced.

The opening of this investigation follows the complaint filed on April 26 by the newspaper Le Monde and one of its journalists, who appeared in the incriminated files, said the Paris prosecutor’s office.

The preliminary investigation targets the offenses of “collecting personal data by fraudulent, unfair or unlawful means”, “recording sensitive personal data without the consent of the interested party and unlawful transfer of personal data” and “automated processing of personal data without prior declaration to the CNIL”.

The prosecution announced that it had opened this investigation on Friday afternoon the day after the revelation of these practices in the daily Le Monde and an investigation by France 2.

The investigations were entrusted to the brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP) of the Paris judicial police.

“74 priority targets”

The multinational Monsanto, a subsidiary of the German pharmaceutical group Bayer since last year, is accused of having secretly produced lists by the communications agency Fleishman Hillard.

There are hundreds of politicians, scientists and journalists, including four from AFP, for whom their position on pesticides, their level of support for Monsanto, their hobbies, but also their addresses and telephone numbers are indicated. including on the red list, according to the France 2 survey.

A table highlights 74 “priority targets” divided into four groups: “allies”, “potential allies to recruit”, personalities “to educate” and those “to watch”.

Following these revelations, several personalities, French media, including Radio France and NGOs, filed a complaint or announced their intention to do so.

The CNIL, the public data protection agency seized in particular by Le Parisien / Today in France, told AFP that it would also launch an investigation into this case.

(Source: AFP)