France passes controversial law which allow govt to seek data from tech companies

May 5, 2015: France passes a controversial intelligence bill in lower house of Parliament on Tuesday, which gives government authorities a constitutional reach to seek data from technology companies, spy on phone and internet communications.
                       
The law on intelligence gathering has been drafted after three days of terrorist attacks in Paris in January. The law has been voted with overwhelming majority of 438 votes to 86. 

The legislation gathered a huge criticism from privacy advocates as they argue that it's a dangerous extension of mass surveillance and gives state a undue power and threatens the independence of digital economy. 

The main concern is about the way intelligence will collect massive amount of data such as location of users from the internet providers without their consent, which is direct intrusion of privacy.

The socialist government says the new law is in line with the recent changes in technological and communications advancement and to combat terror threats. It aims to bring modern mass surveillance technique within the law rather than outside any outside system of control.

Source: BBC.com




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