French bill to expand spying powers is criticized

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 10:06 AM

PARIS (AP) — The French government, among the most vocal critics of U.S. spying practices, is now coming under fire for trying to expand its own digital surveillance capabilities.

A law in parliament would give French intelligence services access to telephone and Internet usage data that would let them locate and follow a target of a terrorism investigation in real time. The law also expands the number of the agents able to access this information to include those from the finance and budget ministries.

Critics say the law expands the government's power without also expanding the checks on that power.

Both houses have already passed the bill, but different versions of it. The Senate is examining it again Tuesday in an attempt to reconcile the differences.

Print
Email
|