* Lawsuit planned for Wednesday
* Rules force providers to retain user info and passwords
PARIS, April 5 A French industry association
whose members include Google (GOOG.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and
Facebook wants to overturn French rules requiring them to
collect and store personal data on their users.
The group, known as ASIC, plans to file a complaint to
France's highest administrative court on Wednesday to invalidate
the data storage regulations published in early March, said its
director Benoit Tabaka.
The regulations, which stem from a 2004 law, require
internet companies to keep a raft of data on their users, such
as their names, mailing addresses, email addresses, telephone
number, as well as their account passwords.
The data could then be requested by police or authorities
Among ASIC's concerns are the length of time the companies
are required to store such data and also the rules on user
passwords, which it considers to create a security risk.
Tabaka said all the group's 26 members approved of the
complaint, and saw the rules as imposing an unfair, costly
burden on the companies.
"It doesn't make sense to have different requirements in
France than what we have in Spain and England," he said. "Also
we do not feel comfortable turning our customers' passwords over
to the police.
A Google spokesman declined to comment.
(Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)