[ZDNet] France considers stepping up internet monitoring to fight terrorism

Following a handful of what are thought to be terrorist attacks in France – the stabbing of a soldier in Paris last month, three soldiers and four civilians shot and killed in the south of the country last year – France is considering more internet tracking. [...]

The report also calls for the intelligence agencies to be allowed to hack into suspected criminals' computers in the same way police officers can under the Loppsi law introduced in 2011, as well as to make use of fake mobile network towers to monitor phone communications. [...]

France is already actively using the Internet to monitor its citizens. Local authorities made more than three thousands requests for user data to Google back in 2012 - 50 percent more than in 2010. Reporters without Borders placed France "under surveillance" in its list of 'internet enemies' in 2011. [...]