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. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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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