French Senate Votes This Week On E-Commerce Law

The French Senate will vote May 13 on a digital-economy bill that was adopted by the French chamber of deputies on May 5. The bill transposes into French law the European Union directive on e-commerce

PARIS--The French Senate will vote May 13 on a digital-economy bill that was adopted by the French chamber of deputies on May 5.

The bill transposes into French law the European Union directive on e-commerce. The controversial legislation strengthens the liability of Internet service providers on issues such as pedophilia, apologies of crimes against humanity and incitement to racial hatred.

The measure also provides new legislative tools to combat cyber-criminality and better protects e-commerce users. However, a provision which would have forced ISPs to police people using their services for illegal activities has been dropped.

"This is a balanced and wide-ranging text," says French trade minister Patrick Devedjian.
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