France wants more Internet regulation

Posted May 23rd, 2011 in Internet, privacy and tagged , , , , by Alton Drew

The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that French president Nicolas Sarkozy wants to get the most out of the Internet as an engine for economic growth while regulating it to protect consumer privacy and the copyrights of content producers. Meanwhile, President Obama has just landed in Ireland and I expect the president to echo Mr. Sarkozy’s sentiments.

While there is nothing wrong with disclosure statements regarding what may be done with a consumer’s personally identifiable information that is submitted to a website nor enforcing the copyrights of artists, scholars, and other content providers, neither Europe or the United States should promote regulations that reach to internal management decisions of broadband access companies.