[NYTimes] Domestic Spying, French Style

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On Wednesday, the French Senate voted to adopt a law giving government broad powers to monitor just about anything a person in France does on a cellphone or through an Internet connection. The timing of this move is troubling, given the French government’s outrage in October over revelations of spying on the French by the United States through the National Security Agency. […]

Article 13 sets a dangerous precedent for the expansion of citizen surveillance. And it fails to regulate in a transparent manner the vast amount of data sharing going on between technology service providers, the French national security apparatus and those of other governments. To dispel citizen and industry concerns, the French government should support a review of Article 13 by the Constitutional Council and ask the CNIL to review the law as well.