France implements Internet censorship without judicial oversight

The recent terrorist attacks in Europe have led to many statements implying the necessity of limiting citizens’ fundamental rights to ensure public safety. At the European level we are faced with the alarming prospect of air passenger data (Passenger Name Records, PNR) collection and long-term storage, while in France the legislative mills are turning even faster.

Last week, the French government enacted a decree that enables the de-listing of websites from search engines without any judicial oversight. The decree targets websites that distribute child abuse content as well as sites that incite or endorse terrorism. This comes only a month after another decree that enabled the administrative blocking of websites.

Country: France

Domains: IG

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: public safety, France, judicial oversight, child pornography, censorship, Internet blocking, anti-terrorism, cybersecurity

Posted on Wednesday 11 March 2015

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