I don't know if you have seen this or not,
Basicaly the French Parliment has decided that services are required to keep "user data" for 12 months.
This user data is to include all the users Paswords so that they are available to various organisations on request, including the various Police, fraud, tax, customs and social security authorities (it is not clear if "tax" also includes the French equivalent of the local town hall and civic authorities).
It is further unclear of what the scope of this parlimentary dictat is under various EU legislation (potentialy it's any EU equivalent authority who makes a request).
As presented in some news items it appears to be just providers of "termination services" such as WebMail suppliers etc. affected. However a closer look appears to include "connection services" such as ISP's and Mobile Phone Service Providers, Further it does not rule out "transmission services" such as network providers.
Nor is it clear which "users" are covered that is if it is just French Citizens and long term residents of France, or includes people visiting France, or all people using the various French "services" irespective of the geo-location of where the connection or termination is made.
Likewise nor is it clear which service providers are covered by this dictat. Potentialy due to the peculiarities of EU law, any service provider who has a person covered by the dictat using their service is thus covered irespective of geo-location.
Most of this French Parlimentary Dictat flies in the face of EU and other EU nations legislation and has thus caused a considerable out cry.
So much so that a group of orgaisations throuch the French ASIC (Association of Internet Service Communities) are taking out a lawsuit against the dictat in France's most senior court the "Conseil d'Etat" (Council of State http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... ).
[Technicaly the French Council of State is the court of last appeal, however it's own decision (February 89) "Alitalia corporation" ceeds to the directives and other legislation of the EU and requires the French Excecutive to void any legislation that is not compliant to EU legislation.]