France three strikes law delayed by govt’s own data watchdog

France’s “three strikes” law threatening Internet disconnections for repeat copyright infringers should have been in effect by now, but it hasn’t yet become law due to one French privacy agency.The country’s Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) was created in the late 1970s in order to vet new legislation for privacy concerns, and to keep an eye on government databases and data collection efforts. CNIL’s somewhat dramatic motto is “information technology must respect the human identity, the human rights, privacy and liberties” — and CNIL is not yet convinced that the new three strikes law will do that.

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