French internet companies challenge decree requiring them to store personal data

The French Association of Internet Community Services (ASIC), which groups more than 20 Internet companies including Facebook, Dailymotion, PriceMinister and Google, filed a complaint with the Council of State on 6 April challenging a new addition to the 2004 Law on Confidence in the Digital Economy (LCEN) that requires them to keep large amounts of user data.The LCEN has already turned commercial web-hosting companies into Internet censors by requiring them to act as judges and evaluate the legality of the content on the sites they host (more information in French:,09011.html).To read this Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) report in full, see:,39980.html

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