Short Bytes: The French government is actively researching the options to make its surveillance options more effective. In the wake of recent attacks on Paris, the government is proposing laws to ban free Wi-Fi and Tor to counterattack terrorism and any possible state of emergency. If these proposed laws are passed, France could become the first European country to take such steps.
While it looks like encryption isn’t the biggest enemy out there, the French government us considering a new law that would block the famous anonymizing network Tor and free of cost Wi-Fi networks.
The French newspaper Le Monde, citing an internal document by the Interior Ministry by France’s Department of Civil Liberties and Legal Affairs, writes about the two possible bills regarding the issue of terrorism and emergency.
The free Wi-Fi blocking is being proposed as the French police stresses on the fact the it is very difficult to track individuals using a public Wi-Fi network during a state emergency.
On the other hand, the second proposal includes counterterrorism methods like banning Tor and making them hand over the encryption keys to police.
The French newspaper also reports that Government has questioned the possible violation of the French constitution and these two legislations could appear as soon as the next year. In the past, countries like Iran and China has been largely successful in banning the Tor network. If these proposed laws are passed, France could become the first European country to do the same.
The recent encryption debate is a good example of misleading judgements by our governments regarding the cybersecurity issues. While the governments have supported such restrictions time and again, the tech companies have maintained their stance to leave the encryption technologies untouched.
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