Peter SayerIDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation and general technology breaking news.

Internet companies dismayed by French law allowing warrantless access to live user data

The French senate passed a law allowing police and government officials warrantless access to user data from ISPs and online services

French lawmakers propose warrantless access to live user data from ISPs, hosting sites

A new bill would grant the French military, police and even tax officials warrantless access to user data from ISPs and online services.

Leaked treaty draft shows US at loggerheads with Pacific states on copyright

A secretive international trade treaty up for discussion next week could have far-reaching effects on Internet services, copyright law and civil liberties.

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Google ordered by French court to block Max Mosley sex party photos

A French court has ordered Google to block images from its search results.

Heins out as BlackBerry CEO, as struggling phone maker takes $1 billion loan

BlackBerry will take a loan from its principal shareholder and name John S. Chen chairman and interim CEO

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France summons US ambassador over allegations of spying on phone calls and industry

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius has summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on French telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent and gathered data on millions of phone calls.

French ISP Free offers fiber customers 1Gbps upgrade for no cost

Customers of French ISP Free will soon see their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections upgraded from 100Mbps to 1Gbps, with no change to the monthly fee of €36 (US$50) including tax.