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French lawmakers consider disabling internet access during crises

By Thomas Patrick O'Brien

08 December 2015 at 09:01 BST

Law enforcement officials in France are reportedly considering proposals to restrict the use of public wi-fi and access to the Dark Net (Tor) networks during potential future crises.


Leaked documents from the French Ministry of Interior and published by Le Monde reference two pieces of legislation, with one considering rules around the current state of emergency and the other covering counter-terrorism. According to Le Monde, it also lists 'all the administrative measures that police and gendarmes [French armed forces] would like to see happen'. 

Increased surveillance

France ramped up its surveillance legislation after January's attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, and governments around the world have debated legislation around encrpytion and surveillance after the attacks in Paris last month. In the UK, the government is considering enhanced legislation that would increase the snooping powers of the police and cyber spooks, though firms such as Mozilla and TechUK have opposed key parts of the proposals. Sources: Le MondeV3


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