September 25, 2021

Report: “France Adds Source Code to List of Documents Covered by Freedom of Information Laws”

From the IDG News Service:

French freedom of information law now treats source code as disclosable in the same way as other government records.

The new “Digital Republic” law took effect Saturday, with its publication in France’s Official Journal.

It adds source code to the long list of government document types that must be released in certain circumstances: Dossiers, reports, studies, minutes, transcripts, statistics, instructions, memoranda, ministerial replies, correspondence, opinions, forecasts and decisions.

But it also adds a new exception to existing rules on access to administrative documents and reuse of public information, giving officials plenty of reasons to refuse to release code on demand.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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