Content of the CNIL template of records
The template published by the French supervisory authority is included in a spreadsheet in ods format which is made up of 4 sections: (i) Tutorial; (ii) List of processings; (iii) Record template, and; (iv) Record example.
The “list of processings” provides you with an overview of the processings you carry out within your company. Conversely, the “record template” is a sheet designed to collect the information which is strictly necessary about a specific processing activity.
The “record example” is a record sheet filled in only for exemplifying purposes, so you should not use it for your own records. The CNIL template also includes a multitude of explanations and links to guides and resources, making it quite useful for entities or freelancers that do not have a lawyer or consultant specialised in data protection to advise them.