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French Law Banning Analytics About Judges Restricts Legitimate Use of Public Data

Center for Data Innovation – “Earlier this year, France adopted a law which forbids anyone from analyzing data about judges’ court decisions with violators facing up to five years in jail. Supporters of the ban say it is necessary to protect the privacy of judges because statistical analysis may reveal troubling patterns about how certain judges behave on the bench, but the law is a clear loss for transparency and severely limits the use of analytics in the justice system. Now French lawyers are demanding the same protections, which if granted, would be a severe loss of judicial analytics in France. There are three problems with this ban on judicial analytics…”

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