French surveillance bill would legalize data monitoring

France's government is pressing a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services legal backing to vacuum up metadata in hopes of preventing an imminent terror attack.

The bill "would pave the way for extremely intrusive surveillance practices with no judicial pre-authorization," the organization Amnesty International said in a statement.

The bill was proposed long before the deadly Paris attacks by Islamic extremists earlier this year, but the government says it takes on added urgency with each person who radicalizes and turns against France.

Country: France

Domains: Privacy

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: cybercrime, cybersecurity, Internet, intelligence services, Paris attacks, France, law proposal, metadata, privacy, anti-terrorism, surveillance

Posted on Friday 20 March 2015

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