Three-Strikes Snagged Again In France

Will major media interests in France ever get their three-strikes bill turned into law?

After multiple defeats and a serious watering-down, the latest version is once again experiencing trouble reaching the finish line.  The three-strikes, HADOPI law was scheduled to go into effect on January 1st, but according to numerous reports and sources in Europe, another procedural hold-up has emerged.

The snag?  This time, the check-and-balance comes from the National Commission on Informatics and Liberties (CNIL; or Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes), tasked with overseeing consumer privacy issues.  CNIL approval is required for laws involving personal data and online privacy, and upcoming elections could further threaten passage.

Approval – or denial – is expected within a few months. Stay tuned for more developments.

Report by Alexandra Osorio.