According to an internal document from the Ministry of Interior visioned by journalists at the French newspaper Le Monde, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls ruled out introducing the above restrictions in response to the Paris terrorist attacks.
The document includes two proposals of legislation, one around the state of emergency, and the other related to counterterrorism measures.
The French Government was considering to “Forbid free and shared wi-fi connections,” the measures have to be adopted to avoid any abuse of public wi-fi networks. The law enforcement is difficult to track suspects and terrorists who use public wi-fi networks.
According to the legislation, the French Government was planning to give more powers to the authorities, including the enforce GPS tracking of rented cars, the block of Tor connections and the use of cellphone eavesdropping systems.
“Internet freedom is a great way to communicate with people, that’s a plus for the economy,” said Valls, adding it was “also a way for terrorists to communicate and spread their totalitarian ideology.” “The police look at all the aspects that better fight against terrorism, of course, but we must take effective measures,”
But Valls, clarified that the French Government will not ban the popular Tor network, neither to monitor its use. He said he had seen no proposals for such a scheme.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
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