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.

EU Commission Tries to Rip Citizens Off Net Neutrality

Paris, 8 June 2015 — The European Commission attacks Net Neutrality again, by introducing a “compromise document” that refuses to enshrine a definition of this crucial principle into the law. A strong coalition including the EU Council, the European Commission and a handful of MEPs is working against the general interest by including loopholes that will be used by the telecom lobby to circumvent the proposed protections against discrimination, thereby undermining fundamental rights and innovation.

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.

Net Neutrality: EU Member States Refuse to Hear the Voice of Citizens

Paris, 3 June 2015 — The Council of the European Union has been blocking for weeks the principle of Net Neutrality and its entrenching in the legislation. As the European Parliament refuses for now to give in to pressure from Member States and the powerful telecom lobbies, the negotiations held last night, which brought together delegations from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission, were therefore unsuccessful. The EU Parliament must keep on refusing any agreement that would undermine a thorough protection of the Net neutrality principle.

Last Chance for MEPs to Save Net Neutrality?

Paris, 26 May 2015 — The negotiations on Net Neutrality comes to the end in June with next and probably final trialogue expected on 2nd of June. Until now, the different documents received from the negotiations1 have shown a very weak position of the Members of European Parliament (MEPs), abandoning the improvement on Net Neutrality that had been brought by the previous legislature. If the MEPs do not take this last chance to save Net Neutrality, it would have a critical impact on the way Internet is functioning, on the citizens' fundamental rights and on further regulations adopted within the so-called Digital Single Market.

[Re-publica] Fighting that Terminator in our Pockets

Have we become cyborgs? With chips, sensors and tactile surfaces prolongating our brains, nerves and fingers and beyond the romantic image of science-fiction, doesn't it appear that we we may have already merged with the machines?

EU's ongoing attempt to kill Net Neutrality forever

Paris, 20 May 2015 — Governments of the EU intends to crush the rights and freedoms of citizens in order to reach an agreement on roaming1, thus undermining competition and innovation in the digital economy, according to a leaked document. This documents reveals an unacceptable disregard on the part of Member States for the commitment of the EU Parliament and many EU citizens to uphold the principle of Net neutrality.

  • 1. A roaming service is the ability to make and receive voice calls and send and receive data, when traveling abroad.

The European Commission Must Protect Fundamental Rights in the Digital Age

Paris, 18 May 2015 — The European Commission published on 6 May its strategy for 2020 and the setting up of the Digital Single Market. Several important digital issues are concerned by this agenda: from copyright to crime, from telecommunications to VAT harmonisation. While La Quadrature du Net welcomes the Commission's engagement with these issues, it does this only with caution as previous attempts were harmful to the protection of fundamental rights.

[TheGuardian] France passes new surveillance law in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

Controversial new bill that allows intelligence agencies to tap phones and emails without judicial permission sparks protests from civil liberties groups. [...]

The new bill, which allows intelligence agencies to tap phones and emails without seeking permission from a judge, sparked protests from rights groups who claimed it would legalise highly intrusive surveillance methods without guarantees for individual freedom and privacy. [...]

[NationalJournal] Federal Appeals Court Rules NSA Spying Illegal

The phone data collection program “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized," a judge ruled Thursday. [...]

A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals deemed that dragnet collection of American call data does not constitute information relevant to terrorism investigations under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. [...]

Newsletter #64

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PROJET DE LOI « RENSEIGNEMENT »

Présenté le 19 mars devant le Conseil des Ministres, le projet de loi relatif au renseignement a été adopté à l'Assemblée Nationale le 5 mai. Malgré la large opposition tant au sein d'associations de défense des droits, qu'au sein de sociétés privées, mais aussi d'experts et de personalités publiques, qui ont unanimement émis de très virulentes critiques, les députés ont voté à 438 voix contre 86 (et 42 abstentions) la surveillance généralisée des communications numériques.

À présent, la loi doit être examinée et adoptée par le Sénat avant de pouvoir être promulguée. Face à l'ampleur de la mobilisation, deux saisines du Conseil Constitutionel ont été annoncées afin de vérifier la conformité de la future loi à la Constitution : une par le Président François Hollande et une autre par les députés de l'Assemblée.Si ces saisines pourraient être positives, leur utilité réelle ne pourra être jugée qu'à la lecture des motivations formulées par leurs auteurs respectifs, et ne doivent en aucun cas justifier le renoncement par les membres du Parlement d'une analyse sérieuse de ce texte.

Il est donc important de continuer à nous mobiliser afin que le Sénat honore sa position et supprime les dispositions dangeureuses et liberticides de ce projet de loi avant son vote, prévu en juin.

NEUTRALITÉ DU NET

Après un vote historique au Parlement européen pour une protection réelle de la neutralité du Net il y a maintenant plus d'un an, les trois institutions de l'architecture européenne (le Parlement européen, la Commission européenne et le Conseil de l'UE) négocient en ce moment le texte final dans le cadre d'une procédure appelée trilogue. Malhereusement, les positions adoptées par Conseil de l'Union européen remettent largement en question les avancées adoptées par les eurodéputés.

À nouveau, nous avons donc à nous mobiliser et à appeler les membres du Parlement européen à rester fermes pour la préservation de la neutralité du Net et à protéger les libertés de communication et d'information et l'innovation en ligne.

EN INTERNE

La Quadrature du Net fait le point sur un an de changements au sein de son équipe opérationnelle et sur ses comptes 2014, comme promis après la campagne de soutien de décembre 2014.

[ForeignPolicy] Le Petit Problème With France's New Big Brother

Can French intelligence agencies handle the terabytes of data that they just got permission to collect? [...]

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

[DW] France set to join the spy game

French MPs are due to approve a bill reforming French intelligence law to counter terrorist threats. But critics warn that the draft law is a license to spy on citizens' private lives. Erin Conroy reports from Paris. [...]

The bill proposing a new set of intelligence-gathering measures would be the first update to France's current surveillance laws which date back to 1991, long before mobile phones and the Internet became mainstream. But experts say the government is going too far in spying on French citizens. [...]

[ArstTechnica] NSA spied on EU politicians and companies with help from German intelligence

Spies failed to check properly what was being passed across to the US. […]

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