Posts Tagged ‘France’

French Government Pushes for End to Passwords

February 3, 2010

It seems that the French government considers the whole “input your password” method of account security to be a little dated, instead advocating a system of ‘digital certificates’ for access to accounts.

Nothing like a nice, secure password 😉

Word of the change comes from TechRadar, which has it that the latest plan comes directly from France’s secretary of state, Nathalie Kosciosku-Morizet, whose brainchild the whole digital-certificate project is in the first place. It’s certainly an interesting prospect, and one that only gets more interesting the more you read about it, particularly its applications when it comes to official documentation. Indeed, it seems the certificate won’t be accessible to too many services.



France to Disconnect Illegal Downloaders

January 4, 2010

France’s controversial new law covering the disconnection of internet users found to be guilty of illegally downloading copyrighted material is now in effect.

The Pirate Bay's logo remains the go-to image for piracy news 😉

According to the BBC’s article on the law, those who are found to be illegally downloading content will initially be sent an email to warn them to cease their illicit activities. Those who continue to flaunt the law will be sent a plain-old snail-mail letter to inform them of their position. Should that fail to convince users to stop downloading, they’ll be brought before a judge and face either a fine or potential disconnection.


International Sales Locked Down for Ireland vs. France

October 22, 2009

The French FA has made the fairly unusual move of ensuring that tickets for the upcoming Ireland-France game available neither by phone or by internet, limiting Irish fans’ access to tickets.

eiffel tower

The Irish Times is carrying news that Irish fans looking to pick up tickets will only be able to get them if they manage to get some of the relatively tight allotment for the FAI or, y’know, physically go to France (or failing that know someone in France who’ll be happy to pick up tickets for them). Pleasantly enough, the news hasn’t drowned everyone’s hopes, FAI’s John Delaney seemed particularly optimistic, saying that,


France Approves Anti-Piracy Bill

September 16, 2009

France has once again approved internet disconnection as a penalty for internet piracy. It has been back and forth on anti-piracy legislation since May, when it adopted a “three strikes” policy with regard to internet piracy.

Pirate Bay

France had approved the original piece of legislation for the disconnection of repeat offenders when it came to internet piracy in May, but it was the subject of continued controversy. The legislation was later deemed to be unconstitutional, but was reinstated on the basis that the disconnection itself must be approved by a judge, at which point the decision will be made to either disconnect, issue a fine (of up to €300,000) or see that the offender is imprisoned for up to two years.