French Police propose that free WiFi be banned

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The Telegraph reports that the French police are proposing new laws that ban the use of free WiFi and anonymous browsers such as Tor.

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An excerpt from the report:

In the wake of the Paris attacks, the law enforcement authorities propose that the government forbid the use of free or shared Wi-Fi during a state of emergency, which is hard to track. They suggest that those who do not disconnect from public Wi-Fi networks should face criminal penalties.

They are also proposing that anonymous networks like the Tor browser, used worldwide by human rights activists and criminals alike, be blocked, and encryption keys to communication services (WhatsApp and iMessage are encrypted for instance) be handed over to police by internet service providers – at any time.

You can read the full story here.

One comment

  1. The usual backlash after a terrorist incident. The same police proposing this did little in terms of apprehending those who went on to commit a number of atrocities (especially after they had travelled to known hotspots and returned to France).

    That same free wifi which the majority would use to tell family and friends they’re safe is the same one that a minority of people will use prior to a terrorist incident. So is the intention to stop the event happening or restrict communications after?

    Either way it doesn’t sound like they know what they’re talking about nor understand the internet or encryption.

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