[WSJ.com] French Illegal Downloaders Face Loss of Internet Access

Critics worry the law could lead to the invasion of personal privacy, with providers eventually being forced to turn over people's Web-surfing records to the government. "The entertainment industry should not be allowed to act as the police of the Internet," said Jérémie Zimmerman, an Internet activist opposed to the law. "It's a betrayal of people's basic liberties."

Another problem, say critics, is that a whole household could be penalized for a single teenager's illegal downloading or if neighbors piggybacked on their wireless Internet connections. The entertainment industry dismisses such concerns, saying the government committee would protect people's privacy online.

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