Loppsi 2 bill passes the French Constitutional Council test
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Deutsch: Loppsi 2 besteht Prüfung im Französischen Verfassungsrat
On 10 March 2011, the French Constitutional Council issued its decision on the LOPPSI 2 law considering 13 of its articles as unconstitutional but ruling that the controversial article 4, allowing the censoring of the Internet under the pretext of fighting child pornography, was not in contradiction with the Constitution.
The court failed to protect freedom of expression by not striking out the infamous article 4 presented in the noble light of the fight against online child pornography: "This decision about article 4 is a great disappointment. It is obvious that Internet censorship will not help solve the child pornography problem in any way, as experiments in other countries have shown. After HADOPI's Internet access suspension measures, calls to ban WikiLeaks hosting and recent talks against Net Neutrality, France is siding ever more within the group of countries hostile to a free Internet by adopting administrative filtering of the Internet", stated Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net.
According to Félix Tréguer, policy and legal analyst of La Quadrature du Net, the hope now lies in the hands of the European institutions. "The EU Parliament is currently trying to supervise blocking measures adopted at the national level, which could impede their implementation in France. Moreover, administrative Net filtering seems contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights, and one can expect an appeal before European judges"
Having in view the censoring legislation it has lately adopted, such as Hadopi and Loppsi 2 laws which introduce Internet blocking and excessive surveillance measures, France has found its place on the list of countries with a high level of surveillance, as determined by Reporters without Borders.
The Loppsi 2 law was promulgated by the French President and published in the Official Journal on 15 March 2011.
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