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Shame on France: French Constitutional Council Widely Approves Surveillance Law!

Update (24 July 2015): The French Constitutional Council shows again its disregard for fundamental rights. This morning, after approving almost all dispositions in the Surveillance law, the Constitutional Council builds momentum by rejecting the Question Prioritaire de Constitutionalité1 handed by La Quadrature du Net, FDN and FDN Federation on the 2014-2019 Defence Law as a whole.

The Constitutional Council considered that "the legislator has sufficiently defined connection data, which cannot be related to the content of the communication or to the consulted information". As such, the notion of "information and documents" found in the Surveillance law, as well as in the 2014-2019 Defence Law, stays blurry.

Moreover, the Constitutional Council, which yesterday approved very weak dispositions concerning the protection of professional secrets for lawyers and confidentiality of sources, confirmed this morning that confidentiality of correspondence is only related to the content of said communications, hence sweeping away the notion of secret of sources for journalists.

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Paris, 23 July 2015 — By validating almost all surveillance measures provided in the Surveillance Law adopted on 25 June, the French Constitutional Council legalises mass surveillance and endorses a historical decline in fundamental rights. Algorithmic black boxes have been approved. Only international surveillance has been deemed to be non compliant to the Constitution.

  • 1. The QPC is a procedure in French Law system to control the constitutionality of the laws after they are promulgated.

Is the Council Selling Our Personal Data to Private Companies?

Paris, 24 June 2015 — Ongoing for many months, a new stage of trialogue negotiations1 on the future EU regulation regarding the protection of personal data is starting today. The document published last 8th June shows that the EU Council is trying to eradicate most of the dispositions protecting citizens from the final text. Even if it is still too weak, citizens' representatives must stay firm and keep the position adopted by the European Parliament on 12 March 2014.

  • 1. Negotiations behind closed doors carried on by delegates of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union

French Surveillance Bill: a Major Defeat for Liberties

Paris, 19 June 2015 — The Commission Mixte Paritaire — a joint parliamentary committee responsible for reaching a compromise between the lower and upper house — met on 16th June to reach an agreement on the final version on the Surveillance Bill, between the version approved by the National Assembly on 5th May, and the one approved by the Senate on 9th June. However, a last minute change modified deeply the spirit of the Bill and its application on French territory. La Quadrature du Net regrets this umpteenth anti-democratic procedure and renews its call to French representatives to reject this text during the final vote on the 23rd and 24th June.

French Surveillance Bill: Public Liberties Abandoned as Senators Cast Disastrous Vote

Paris, 9 June 2015 – The Surveillance Bill was adopted today by the French Senate with 251 votes for, 68 against and 26 abstentions. This bill was fast tracked and discussed under the pressure of a government wielding the argument of an extreme terrorist risk to impose massive spying of the French population with expansive purposes. It will put France under a surveillance all at once diffuse, intrusive, indiscriminate and without effective control. La Quadrature du Net bitterly regrets the blindness of the French Parliamentarians and calls on citizens not to give up on their liberties.

First Victory for Citizens against Surveillance: French Military Planning Act before Constitutional Court!

Paris, 5 June 2015 — The French Council of State published today its decision to refer of the Question Prioritaire de Constitutionalité (Prioritary Question of Constitutionality1) brought by the FDN Federation, French Data Network and La Quadrature du Net against the article 20 of the 2014-2019 Military Planning Act voted in 2013. This decision is fundamental in the fight against generalised surveillance and the access to connection data by French intelligence services. It takes an important place in the current debates on the French Intelligence Bill.

  • 1. The QPC is a procedure in French Law system to control the constitutionality of the laws after they are promulgated.

French National Assembly Approves Mass Surveillance of French Citizens!

Paris, 5 May 2015 - The French Intelligence Bill was adopted today by the National Assembly1 despite massive cross party opposition against the text's highly harmful measures. With 438 votes for and 86 against, French citizens' representatives have given the Prime Minister the power to watch, massively and with little control, the French population. This is one more step backwards regarding the separation of powers in France, a founding principle of our democratic regime. La Quadrature du Net strongly condemns this surrendering of democratic principles and calls on senators, who will be voting the bill next, to counter this unacceptable vote.

  • 1. Lower chamber of the bicameral French legislative system

French Intelligence Bill: French President Hollande to shut down public debate

Paris, April 20, 2015 — French President François Hollande announced yesterday that he would bring the Intelligence Bill before the Constitutional Council. At the same time there is growing criticism from all sides, previous support in favour of the bill crumbles. In this light, French president's announcement look nothing more than an evasive action to avoid public debate on crucial provisions. La Quadrature du Net calls on parliamentarians to decide for themselves whether the bill complies or not with fundamental rights and citizens must then hold them accountable.

Unacceptable Surveillance of French Citizens soon to be Adopted!

Paris, 17 April 2015 — The examination of French Intelligence Bill ended this Thursday at the National Assembly. After 4 days of debate, very few enhancements were made to a text that was denounced by an incredibly large number of groups for its dangerous, intrusive and liberty-infringing nature and whose control dispositions are totally inadequate. La Quadrature du Net calls on French representatives to listen to the citizens' demands to reject this text during the final vote on 5 May.

French Intelligence Bill: Mass Opposition to Mass Surveillance!

Paris, 15 April 2015 – The Intelligence Billis currently being debated at a fast pace in the French National Assembly and the debates will continue until Thursday 16 April. However, both the French Government and rapporteur Urvoas refuse to hear the growing opposition pointing out the dangers of this unacceptable text. La Quadrature du Net calls on citizens to act and Members of Parliament to face their responsibilities by opposing this text altogether and mass surveillance in general.

France: FFDN and LQDN Bring Legal Challenge Against Administrative Website Blocking

Paris, 2 April 2015 — After the challenge introduced against surveillance and massive data retention in February, FFDN (a federation of community-driven non-profit ISPs) and La Quadrature du Net go back to court against the decree establishing the administrative website blocking.

French Surveillance Bill: Time To Act!

Paris, 1 April 2015 – As the French Intelligence Bill (which should be more aptly called the French Mass Surveillance Bill) is being examined from 1 April by the French Parliament's Law Commission, La Quadrature du Net launches a new campaign website and calls on all citizens to mobilize far and wide in order to convince Members of the French Parliament to refuse a law which, in its current form, organises mass surveillance and legalises intelligence methods that are highly detrimental to fundamental freedoms, all without any serious guarantees against abuse.

French Intelligence Bill: Everyone Under Surveillance

Paris, 26 March 2015 — While presenting the Intelligence bill adopted during the 19 March 2015 Council of Ministers, the Prime Minister proudly asserted that it contained “legal means of action but neither exceptional means nor the generalised surveillance of citizens”!

Intelligence Reform & The French Government's Disastrous Drift on Surveillance

Paris, 17 March 2015 — The information shared today by Le Figaro regarding the upcoming French Bill on Intelligence, ahead of its presentation before the Council of ministers on Thursday 19 March, only confirms earlier concerns. While this new law was announced as an important overhaul aimed at protecting fundamental rights, the securitarian instrumentalisation of the deadly events of January is bound to lead to an incredible drift in state surveillance practices. La Quadrature du Net calls on citizens and their elected representatives to oppose this bill.

Data Retention: Mass Surveillance Challenged Across Europe

Paris, 12 March 2015 — On 8 April 2014, the European Union Court of Justice invalidated the 2006 Directive on Data Retention. Through this decision, all the European legislations on data retention were seriously undermined, as the EUCJ considered that the generalised retention of data on non-suspicious individuals, furthermore for an extended period of time, is a form of mass surveillance incompatible with fundamental rights.

In France, La Quadrature du Net Brings Legal Challenge Against Mass Surveillance

Paris, 19 February 2015 — Together with FFDN, a federation of community-driven non-profit ISPs, La Quadrature du Net is bringing a legal action before the French Council of State against a decree on administrative access to online communications metadata. Through this decree, it is a whole pillar of the legal basis for Internet surveillance that is being challenged. This appeal, which builds on the European Union Court of Justice's recent decision on data retention, comes as the French government is instrumentalizing last month's tragic events to further its securitarian agenda, with an upcoming bill on intelligence services.

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