l’essentielThe draft law aiming to secure and regulate the digital space (SREN) is expected to be passed in its first reading at the National Assembly this Tuesday. It contains various measures that have the potential to alter the digital daily life of French citizens.
The bill aimed at securing and regulating the digital space, which is expected to be adopted in its first reading at the National Assembly on Tuesday at 5 pm, probably did not receive the attention it deserved compared to other texts, particularly budgetary texts. This 36-article bill covers broad topics that will ultimately directly impact the lives of French citizens.
The first chapter addresses the broad topic of minors’ access to pornographic content. It includes the strengthening of the powers of Arcom, the telecommunications regulator, in terms of online protection for minors. This includes the control of the inaccessibility of online pornographic content, which will be reinforced through the establishment of a mandatory framework for age verification systems.
Filtre « anti-arnaques »
The second chapter of the bill focuses on measures to protect citizens in the digital space. This includes protecting them against foreign propaganda aimed at disinformation and interference, penalizing the unauthorized publication of deepfakes, implementing additional penalties such as suspension of access to online platforms, creating a general offense of online outrage, and deploying a national public « anti-scam » filter (to prevent phishing attacks and other forms of hacking), etc.
The third chapter aims to enhance trust and competition in the data economy by implementing better control over « cloud » business practices, promoting interoperability and data portability between services, and strengthening the protection of strategic and sensitive data.
L’encadrement des jeux à objet numérique monétisable (Jonum), la centralisation des données à transmettre aux communes en matière de location de meublés de tourisme, le contrôle des opérations de traitement de données à caractère personnel effectuées par les juridictions, etc.
Autant de mesures qui adaptent notre droit aux nouvelles pratiques ou aux nouveaux règlements européens sur les services et marchés numériques ; autant de mesures qui ont donné lieu à d’intenses débats – parfois très techniques avec 953 amendements – sur la liberté d’expression, l’anonymat, la souveraineté dans le stockage de donnée, la sobriété numérique, etc.
After being adopted by the Senate on July 7th, the text, which the Minister Delegate for Digital Affairs, Jean-Noël Barrot, considers « balanced, » will then be submitted to a joint committee of both Houses after today’s vote.