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Google, Facebook, eBay and Other Internet Heavyweights Take France to Court Over Privacy Storage Rule

More than 20 Internet companies including Google, Dailymotion, and eBay, are bringing the case before the State Council, their representative French Association of Internet Community Services (ASIC) said on Tuesday.

“The ASIC is appealing at the State Council against the decree to keep connection data,” ASIC head Benoit Tabaka told reporters.

According to the AFP report, the decree forces e-commerce sites, music video sites, and email providers to keep the following customer data for a full year:

  • Users’ full names
  • Associated postal address
  • Pseudonyms
  • Associated email addresses
  • Telephone number
  • Passwords
  • Data used to check or modify them

The data must be kept for a year and can be demanded in the context of an enquiry by police, the fraud office, customs, tax or social security authorities.

ASIC will lodge the complaint on Wednesday morning, Tabaka said.

“Several elements are problematic. For instance, there was no consultation with the European Commission,” he said.

“This is a shocking measure, this obligation to keep passwords and hand them over to police services,” he said.

[Source: AFP]

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