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[FYI] (Fwd) French Liberty of Communication Act

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Date sent:      	Fri, 02 Jun 2000 16:58:34 +0200
From:           	Meryem Marzouki <meryem.marzouki@dial.oleane.com>
Subject:        	French Liberty of Communication Act
To:             	gilc-plan@gilc.org
Send reply to:  	gilc-plan@gilc.org

Dear Gilcers,

As you may have noticed in item 12 of last GILC Alert, the French
Senate has now examined in its second reading the Liberty of
Communication Act regarding ISP liability and users anonymity. Most
important modifications are :

- Host providers, which are requested to keep complete personal
information corresponding to online names of private individuals, are
now subject to "professional secret", in the sense that they cannot
disclose these information unless upon judicial request. This very
good measure, which IRIS has requested for a long time, is however
introduced in the article of the law which we want to be dropped,
since this item is the one introducing anti-anonymity on web sites and
other Internet services.

- The penalty for violation of this law article has been divided by
two : 3 months jail instead of 6 months, and about US$ 3,500 fine
instead of about US$ 7,000. This apply to companies/organizations
which don't provide complete and accurate information to the public as
well as to host providers which don't keep complete and accurate
information corresponding to online names of their subscribers. 

For more detailed information you can refer to IRIS press release (in
French) dated May 31st :

We keep trying to work on more significant changes, although this is
not easy... 

Next steps will be :
mid-june 2000 : 3rd and last reading by the National Assembly
Autumn 2000 or early 2001 : examination of a draft law on the
information society, which will tranlate into our national law the EU
E-Commerce directive.

Meryem Marzouki - Pages personnelles : http://asim.lip6.fr/~marzouki
IRIS - 294 rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris, France Tel/Fax:
+33(0)144749239 - http://www.iris.sgdg.org

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