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Internet Companies Fighting Data Retention Decree

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE

April 5, 2011

More than 20 Internet companies--including Google and Facebook--are filing a complaint with France's highest judicial body to fight a decree that requires they keep users' personal data for one year, AFP reports. The decree requires the retention of such information as users' full names, addresses, pseudonyms, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers that "can be demanded in the context of an enquiry by police, the fraud office, customs, tax or social security authorities," the report states. The French Association of Internet Community Services (ASIC) "is appealing at the State Council against the decree to keep connection data," Benoit Tabaka of ASIC announced.
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