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Decree Mandates Yearlong Data Retention

DATA RETENTION—FRANCE

March 2, 2011

Internet service providers, video sites and other Web sites will be required to retain certain personal data on users for one year after account closure, according to a decree published in the official gazette, Telecompaper reports. "Decree 2011-219 states that information provided upon contract subscription or account creation...must be kept," the report states. Such information may include names, postal addresses, pseudonyms, phone numbers and passwords. "Web sites will also have to keep for one year after any content is published the user name, type of protocol used, nature, date and time of the operation," according to the report.
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