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France new Homeland Security Law Swings Country to Security Over Privacy.

With broader powers, Police will get better intelligence.

With broader powers, Police will get better intelligence (photo credit to Reuters).

France´s lower House of Parliament approved on Tuesday a Bill giving government vastly expanded powers to protect, and spy on, its own citizens.

The  new law would allow:

– The intelligence services could analyze vast quantities of digital data pertaining to a large swath of French society.

–  The authorities could install recording and filming devices in people’s homes or cars or private space. They could also bug their computers, cell phones and other digital devices.

– Associates of people under surveillance could also have their communications monitored, regardless of whether they are implicated in potentially illegal acts.

– The right of surveillance would also apply to people in France communicating with someone outside the country.

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Last month authorities discovered, by chance, a plot to attack at least one church just outside of Paris. Had Algerian student Sid Ahmed Ghlam not accidentally shot himself in the leg and called an ambulance – leading police to an arsenal of weapons and drawn-out plans of the church plot – France may have suffered another tragedy at the hands of so-called remote-control jihadists.

The case has further rattled nerves in France, where 17 people were killed in January in terrorist attacks on Paris’ Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish grocer. It has also been highlighted as an example of why France’s own “Patriot Act” is needed now more than ever. READ ARTICLE HERE