French Surveillance Bill Tries to Address Evolving Terror Threat

Demonstrators hold placards reading “Say No to Mass Surveillance” and “Members of Parliament Protect our Freedom,” Paris, France, May 4, 2015 (AP photo by Francois Mori).
Demonstrators hold placards reading “Say No to Mass Surveillance” and “Members of Parliament Protect our Freedom,” Paris, France, May 4, 2015 (AP photo by Francois Mori).

The French Parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill yesterday that will give authorities the ability to tap phones and read emails without first getting permission from a judge. The bill now moves the French Senate, where is it likely to pass. In addition to phone tapping, the law would allow French intelligence services to monitor telecom and Internet operators’ networks and servers, as well as track the behavior of suspected terrorists using algorithms that analyze metadata. French lawmakers have considered expanding the state’s surveillance capabilities since 2012, after Mohammed Merah committed a series of attacks on French troops and a Jewish […]

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