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    Agence France-Presse: Google, Facebook take France to court over privacy

    Agence France-Presse reports on a case in France concerning the privacy of Internet users and companies such as Internet services giant Google and social-networking Web site Facebook:

    INTERNET heavyweights including Google and Facebook will file a complaint with France’s highest judicial body against a decree forcing them to store the personal data of web users for a year and turn it over to police upon request.

    More than 20 internet companies active in France, including Dailymotion and eBay, are bringing the case before the State Council, their representative, the French Association of Internet Community Services (ASIC), said today. […]

    The decree, published at the start of March, obliges e-commerce sites as well as video-music sites and online email services to keep a battery of data on their customers.

    These include users’ full names, associated postal address, pseudonyms, associated email addresses, telephone number, passwords and 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.

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