France adds source code to list of documents covered by freedom of information laws

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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.

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