French parliament votes to penalize smartphone makers over encryption

“French parliamentary deputies, defying government wishes, have voted in favour of penalising smartphone makers which fail to cooperate in terrorism inquiries, entering a controversy that has pitted the FBI against Apple in the United States,” Agence France-Presse reports.

“The move came in the form of an amendment to a penal reform bill that was receiving its first reading in parliament,” AFP reports. “The wider bill foresees the end in May of the state of emergency that has been in place in France since deadly jihadist attacks in Paris last November.”

“Given the government’s reluctance to take on the big phone companies in this way,” AFP reports, “it remains to be seen whether the thrust of the amendment can survive the lengthy parliamentary process that remains before the bill becomes law.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Tellement stupide!

Benjamin Franklin loved the French people, and the French people adored Franklin 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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    1. Let us not forget; the French had among the highest losses in WWII, not just among civilian population, but in combat as well. In proportion to the population, their losses were higher than majority of countries of the world. While a few people in the government calculated that population might be saved from slaughter if the country surrendered peacefully to Hitler, the actual French people ended up supporting the Résistence, which was instrumental in providing intelligence and support to the allies.

    1. “The controversial amendment, drafted by the rightwing opposition, stipulates that a private company which refuses to hand over encrypted data to an investigating authority would face up to five years in jail and a €350,000 (£270,000) fine.”

      No jail in the world is big enough for Apple, except the world it lives in.

      mr. president, how bout you move to France for more fanfare for your blunderous charges?

      1. Apple has no problem with handing over “the encrypted data”. Then it’s up to the government agency to figure out how to decrypt it. This is exactly the case with the iCloud backups of the iPhone the FBI is pushing. The FBI had the password changed so Apple can only hand over the encrypted backup and can’t decrypt it without the new password.

        Apple refuses to create specific software to foil the security chain. If the wording of the law is as stated (must hand over encrypted data) then Apple will have absolutely no problems with it.

  1. This will not pass. It will be a lengthy process and by the time it will resurface, hopefully Apple will have won in the US and France fascist will sink once again.

  2. Oh love the quote: “The FBI has argued that by introducing encryption which can lock data, making it only accessible to the user, Apple and others are essentially creating “warrant-proof zones” for criminals and others that will cripple law enforcement and jeopardise public safety.”

    Yup, that “warrant-proof zone” is called privacy. It’s usually in the human mind but you can decrypt most of that thanks to your Guantanamo on the Bay resort but now there is a new and better improved privacy. Get used to it.

    1. The FBI seems to think they have an absolute right to search everything. They don’t. They’re specifically denied this right, unless it’s warranted and controlled by a 3rd party.

      1. You are wrong. Read the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution again:

        “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

        In other words, with a warrant, supported by probable cause, the authorities can search anything belonging to the suspect. “papers” or “effects” means data too.

        Apple’s iCloud agreement and past behavior tells the user that authorities and Apple can access your data. Apple has complied with legal warrants many times in the past. This is the first time Apple has refused, and it will be decided in court soon. I suspect that iCloud data will be fair game for the FBI, because that’s how Apple’s user agreement reads today.

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