France has been keen on getting ahead of technology when it comes to their laws. From their environmental stances of requiring solar panels on their roofs to making sure that large companies like Facebook protect people’s data sufficiently. In light of recent security concerns though they have moved to punish companies for refusing to decrypt devices.
The Eiffel Tower in French flag colors after the terrorist attacks of November 13
Stephen Shankland/CNETOn the night of Friday the 13th of November, 130 people died in terrorist attacks in Paris, where I live. A month later, I’m less worried about terrorists with a medieval worldview than I am about politicians of Western democracies.Don’t get me wrong.
The attacks were barbaric, and I don’t mean to minimize them or the suffering of those affected. But when it comes to harming communication, commerce, culture and civilization in general, the attacks are just a dent. The more lasting damage could be the effect those attacks have on the future of the Internet.
December 22, 2015 By Jordan O’BrienWhen tragedy strikes in France, like it did with the recent Paris terrorist attacks, Police have to try to track suspects down, although there is one obstacle that has stood in its way; public Wi-Fi.
It may seem like an odd thing to blame, but according to France’s gendarmes, suspects utilizing public Wi-Fi hotspots are harder to trace than those using at home Internet connections.
Daesh-bags won’t kill liberté, égalité, fraternité
The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has ruled out introducing restrictions on public Wi-Fi and access to Tor as a response to the Paris terrorist attacks.
Earlier this month, documents leaked to Le Monde suggested that the French police were asking for powers for the following (among others):
- Curtail public Wi-Fi
- Enforce GPS tracking of rented cars
- Allow the use of cellphone collection stations
- Authorize the eradication of Tor
But the socialist leader has told the gendarmes to ficher le camp.