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