European Data Protection Digest

Internet Filtering, DNA and CCTV Law Moves Forward

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE

February 19, 2010

French lawmakers have voted to approve a draft law related to filtering Internet traffic, extending access to the national DNA database and increasing the use of CCTV cameras, CIO reports. The "Bill on direction and planning for the performance of domestic security," which will now move forward to a second and final reading, includes filtering provisions aimed at stopping the spread of child pornography. The bill has been described as a "mishmash of unrelated measures" as it also includes provisions for extending police access to France's DNA database, criminalizing online identity theft and allowing police to tap Internet connections and phone lines during investigations.
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