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Opposition legislators refer security law to Constitutional Council

“The Socialist and Communist groups in the National Assembly and Senate yesterday challenged the constitutionality of a new domestic security law known as LOPPSI 2 by referring it to the Constitutional Council.

The two groups maintain that article 4, under which online content could be filtered, “does not provide sufficient guarantees against the possibility of arbitrary violations of freedom of expression.””

From Reporters Without Borders

Amendment will allow government agency to use private sector to monitor the Internet

“Reporters Without Borders is concerned to see that the French authorities have advanced to the second stage of enforcement of the controversial HADOPI law, under which Internet users suspected of illegal file-sharing could end up having their Internet connection suspended.

Reporters Without Borders condemns the National Assembly’s adoption of an amendment proposed by the government that could allow the High Authority for the Diffusion of Art Works and Copyright Protection on the Internet (HADOPI) to pay private-sector companies to carry out online surveillance and filtering.”

From Reporters Without Borders

France: second wave of warning emails under controversial HADOPI law

“Reporters Without Borders is concerned to see that the French authorities have advanced to the second stage of enforcement of the controversial HADOPI law, under which Internet users suspected of illegal file-sharing could end up having their Internet connection suspended.

However, hackers are able to use other people’s Internet connections, so there is a real risk of people being wrongly convicted of illegal file-sharing. Imbert-Quaretta’s response is that “everyone has a duty to protect their connection,” but this ignores the enormous disparities in knowledge of computer technology on the part of the public.

The government issued a decree on 12 October requiring ISPs to send these warning emails to their subscribers. One ISP, Free, filed an appeal against the decree on 10 December claiming it violated the confidentiality of its subscribers’ personal data. The case is still pending.”

From Reporters Without Borders

President Sarkozy Wants Net Censorship On G8 Agenda

“French president Nicolas Sarkozy is facing criticism from net neutrality advocates, for introducing Internet regulation as an issue at the G8 Summit due to be held in Deauville, France, in May.

A spokesperson for Sarkozy is reported widely in French newspapers as saying, “The idea is that [Internet] representatives from each G8 nation should meet in Deauville before the G8 and produce a report on these questions: What regulation is necessary for the Internet? How to respond to problems of terrorism, paedophilia, and the right to anonymity?

Reportedly, last October at the Vatican in Rome the French president said that the regulation of the Internet was a “moral imperative” in order to “correct the excesses and abuses that arise from the total absence of rules”.”

From eWeekEurope

France Moves Closer to Unprecedented Internet Regulation

The lower house of the French parliament has approved a draft bill that will allow the state unprecedented control over the Internet. Although the government says it will improve security for ordinary citizens, civil rights activists are warning of a “new level” of censorship and surveillance.

From Spiegel Online