European Data Protection Digest

New Law Prompts Fears, Controversy

SURVEILLANCE—FRANCE

January 9, 2014

In a feature for Computerworld, Jean-Loup Richet writes about France’s U.S. National Security Agency-like surveillance program, which reportedly gathered “nearly all … data transmissions, including telephone calls, e-mails and social media activity that come in and out of France” and a new law to define the surveillance of citizens’ data. The law would allow the seizure of “all documents stocked in a ‘cloud’ service subscribed by a given Internet user” in cases of terrorism and organized crime investigations, the report states. While some officials indicate such provisions have been in place for years, the Green Party is seeking a review of the law, arguing it “actually expands these shadowy powers.”
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