French Government Quietly Enacts Controversial Surveillance Law On Christmas Eve
from the probably-just-a-coincidence dept
Information or documents processed or retained by electronic communications networks or services, including technical data related to the identification of subscription numbers or connections to electronic communications services, the inventory of all subscription numbers or connection of a designated person, location of the terminal equipment used as well as a subscriber's communications including the list of numbers called and callers, duration and timing of communications.Not unnaturally, the very broad but vague powers granted here have been met with protests in France, and so the government has provided an oversight body, supposedly to ensure these powers are not abused. However, as Le Point explains, although the CNCIS ("National Control Commission for Security Interceptions") can demand to see any information about how the law is being used, it has no power to sanction anyone, or even alert the authorities that abuse has taken place. It is nothing more than a fig leaf, in other words, and offers zero protection for the "liberty" part of France's national motto.
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