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Threat to Open Data withdrawn by French Parliament

Access Info Europe Access Info Europe and Regards Citoyens today welcomed the withdrawal last week of a proposed amendment to France’s security and access to information laws which would have required background behaviour checks on users of government information.

The proposed amendment was significantly changed in the French parliament on Thursday 16 December following an international campaign by 35 organisations and experts from 25 countries which had raised concerns that the new law would seriously constrain both access to information and freedom of expression. Read the campaign letter here.