Proposed law would allow France to fine Apple €1 million unless it hacks iPhones

“On Monday, French Socialist MP Yann Galut proposed an amendment to French law that – if passed – would see the US companies punished if they didn’t give French officials backdoor access to terrorists’ phones,” The Local reports. “Galut said on Monday that companies like Apple and Google should be fined up to €1 million when they didn’t cooperate in such cases.”

“Galut added that such companies were operating under ‘total bad faith,'” The Local reports. “‘They are hiding behind a supposed privacy protection, but they’re quick to make commercial use of personal data that they’re collecting,’ he said.”

The Local reports, “He stressed that his proposed amendment would not affect the privacy of the common public, only those who are under investigation.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Benjamin Franklin loved the French people, and the French people adored Ben in return.

The should listen to him today:

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “TJ” for the heads up.]


    1. Expect Apple to implement the passcode delay and try-limit into the secure enclave hardware in iPhone 7 or 7S.

      Then there will be no way for Apple or anyone else to use software to unlock a phone without the passcode.

      1. Apple leaked their research plans deliberately in order to weaken the FBI’s future position. Apple may well end up complying with the FBI’s current, outrageous request to build a back door, should the courts join such calumny. But a future generation iPhone would be impervious to such hacks. Can the Government forbid such research and development? I think not—that would amount to an outright rape of the Bill of Rights and a rejection of the concept of liberty that informs the entire Constitution.

    2. I’m not sure Apple will say bye to France, but I would be surprised if France’s iPhones don’t see a price bump courtesy idiotic French politicians!

      1. Apple could just make a special model for France, maybe go for a little flair and call the capability “Cafe Doors”, mostly open, swing both ways, impossible to lock.

    1. So if Google was to follow suit and they both back out of selling phones in France, what phones would the french use?

      MS or BlackBerry?

      Hey, good luck with that. Blahahahaha

    2. If this proposed law had a chance of passing, I strongly suggest French citizens would create a backlash to kill it. The similarly stupid law proposals in New York State and California have had severe citizen backlash. I expect those law proposals to go nowhere.

    1. You know, 2014, you are a dick with, apparently, zero knowledge of history. It is fair to say that the French were the decisive factor in the Americans winning the Revolutionary War. They volunteered to come help us (yeah, I know, the enemy of my enemy is my friend). Have we repaid them? Yeah, twice, but to sneer at them is just juvenile. Oh, wait, now your comment makes perfect sense…

      1. At the time of the American Revolution, 40% of the American population supported the King and 20% were neutral. Many of these traitors have bread over the years and now hold seats in government. It is no surprise that these deniers of freedom fail to support privacy or the Constitution. It appears France has similar issues with a few unscrupulous descendants of the French Revoloution.

    2. I’ll simply point out that the WWII response to Nazi invasion and takeover was not quite so simplistic. I doubt many French citizens are going to roll over and play dead when it comes to having their privacy extracted from their lives.

  1. From The Comical History of Don Quixote:

    You can never trust a Frenchman,
    Nor any of their henchmen,
    Or Germans or Dutch
    Or the Belgians and such,
    They’re as bad as lawyers and benchmen.

    The grubby Europeans,
    Sing their own praise in paeans,
    But the Channel is wide
    Let them stay on their side,
    Where they’ve been for countless aeons.

    Their language sounds like twitter,
    All lips and teeth and squitter,
    Their cheese and their wine
    May be all of very fine.
    But you can’t beat English bitter.

    And French sophistication,
    Just gives you constipation,
    When they murmur amour
    We are all dead sure
    They’re the world’s least sexy nation.

    So let us raise our glasses,
    As England’s glory passes,
    To aristocrats
    And to middle-class prats,
    And the glorious working classes.

    The Scotsman has his sporran,
    Snug in his Glasgow warren,
    And the Welshman’s a lad
    And the Irish are mad,
    But none of us is foreign.

    So praise our bastard nation,
    An incredible creation,
    Of Latins and Celts
    And Saxons that melts
    Into pure miscegenation.

    And Welcome other races,
    With different shades of faces,
    Come and join in the song,
    Sing it with us so long
    As the French stay in their places!

  2. “‘They are hiding behind a supposed privacy protection, but they’re quick to make commercial use of personal data that they’re collecting,”

    Even if that were true (which it is for GOOG, but very much less so in AAPL’s case), so what? The users are permitting that commercial use. There’s a world of difference between controlling with whom you wish to share your private information and laying it bare for any government or hacker to do what they wish with it.

  3. The Frenchies joining the pseudo Big Brother paranoia! And earlier the brits! Who’s next!

    iPhone is just to good to be sold on planet earth!

    It definitly shows that so call freedom is about to vanish…

  4. This proposal has absolutely zero chance of becoming law in France.

    Maybe even less than zero.

    The French value their digital privacy. Their government knows this.

  5. Apple can close its doors in France if they want to play hardball. Then tax all customers who live in France an unreasonable amount to compensate for the French governments unreasonable penalties.

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