Websites’ Hosts’ Data Storage Obligations Under French Law

The drive for security set off by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks saw the passing of two laws in France that tightened security on the Internet: the Law on Daily Security of November 15, 2001 (“Loi sur la Sécurité Quotidienne” or “LSQ”) and the Internal Security Guidance and Planning Law of August 29, 2002 (“Loi d'Orientation et de Programmation sur la Sécurité Intérieure” or “LOPSI”). Both impose additional obligations on websites’ hosts. These obligations relate to the storage of Internet connection data.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are websites’ hosts’ obligations related to the storage of connection data?
What are websites’ hosts’ obligations related to the communication of connection data to the authorities?
What other data storage-related obligations do websites’ hosts have?

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