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France to Expand Surveillance via Phone, Internet

The French Prime Minister announced that France unveiled a draft law on expanding the surveillance of phones and the Internet.

France has unveiled a draft law on expanding the surveillance of phones and the Internet, the French Prime Minister said at a press conference Thursday.

The draft law stipulates that French intelligence services would be able to spy on the digital and mobile devices of suspected terrorists without prior authorization from a judge.

“It is necessary to strengthen supervision and improve the speed of detection. There cannot be a lawless zone in the digital space,” Manuel Valls told reporters Thursday.

The bill is part of France’s counter-terror legislation. It will be discussed in the parliament in April and should be approved by July.

 

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