After Australian Metadata retention, France has also joined the club of monitoring the internet traffic of their citizens. This news was published a few hours ago on a French website Lemonde. According to the source, the national assembly aims to strengthen the online intelligence via surveillance. This bill is still waiting approval but it seems more than likely that it will be approved.
According to the article, this law was voted by 30 delegates from a total of 577. This implies that the democratic system in France is flawed as even with such low number of votes this law is still being entertained in the parliament. Passing of this law means that the data retention policy in France will prevail and the citizens of France will have their internet activities monitored. We may see a spike in the usage of VPNs and other forms of encryption like we saw in Australia (source: CNet).
The new data retention law will require the placing of ‘black boxes’ that will analyze and scrutinize real time internet traffic. The bill is aimed at fighting against terrorism and stopping any activity that would violate public peace. According to the sources there is a huge chance of this bill being passed and going in to full effect.
We will keep you updated as the news progresses and since French is not our 1st language kindly help us out in case we missed anything.
How to protect your data from Surveillance
This isn’t the first time a government has passed a bill which takes away the privacy of the people. Australia was recently affected by such bill and they relied on VPNs to protect their privacy and as a result the VPN sales in that region sky rocketed. We propose the same solution for the citizens of France. You can buy a VPN service and use its encryption to hide from the ISPs. This will enable you to browse the Internet with complete freedom and privacy.
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