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French Bill To Force Decryption Of Encrypted Data

In France, according to ION 2001-1062 of 15 November 2001 on everyday security, Article 30-31, failure to comply with an order to decrypt your device or give the up the encryption key will result in 3 years of jail time and a fine of €45,000, if complying would have prevented or stopped a crime, jail time will increase to 5 years and €75,000.

After the failed bill from January that would have put backdoors in encryption, legislators are back with a bill that targets companies. In the name of “reinforcing the fight against organized crime and terrorism, and their financing”, legislators are aiming to punish companies for refusing to decrypt devices in cases of terrorism. This action is more than likely inspired by wide array of technology companies backing up Apple in the Apple vs. FBI iPhone debacle.

The bill in its entirety is 73 pages long; it’s hell-bent on implementing measures to force people to cooperate with law enforcement. Under this legislation, any private technology company that does not decrypt encrypted data will be fined €350,000 ($385,000) and face five years in prison. The telecom companies aren’t exempt from this, any telecom company that does not cooperate will face two years in prison and a €15,000 fine.

In the National Assembly, M. Pierre Lellouche, a French Republican, spoke about encrypted systems in the US: “Ironically, encrypted systems generally come from the U.S. military—I think the Tor network and Dark cloud in general—and most companies that engage in this kind of trade are American,” he told the National Assembly. “They deliberately use the argument of public freedoms to make money knowing full well that the encryption used to drug traffickers, to serious [criminals] and especially to terrorists. It is unacceptable that the state loses any control over encryption and, in fact, be the subject of manipulation by U.S. multinationals.”

Lellouche made a statement towards those who opposed this bill saying, “In terms of prevention, by one vote, you do not want to send the signal of resistance to US multinationals to end encryption of communications between terrorists. You do not want to send that signal.”

Not too long after the terrorist attacks in Paris, we have France pushing these bills that trample upon their citizens’ rights; similar to what happened after 9/11, and we all know how that turned out.

In other news, France also wants to allow customs officers to assume undercover pseudonyms to presumably infiltrate darknet sites the way the FBI did in the Silk Road case.

6 comments

  1. 3 YEARS FOR NOT GIVING LE YOUR PASSWORD??? WTF

  2. They are using the fear-tactic-pathos argument to justify taking away a right to everyone on the Earth to communicate privately and freely. Allow me to offer a logos argument; censorship/unnecessary privacy invasion is never the answer. When you control communication, you are able to censor, omit, and alter information to the public. How does the French government expect their documents to remain classified if a hacker can use backdoor techniques to decrypt THEIR military/government communications? People need the ability to make their own choices, mistakes, and to be able to educate themselves without censorship/privacy invasion. We all know that pgp encryption is/will always be a vital tool in private digital communication. We have to preserve/use it responsibly.

  3. “In the National Assembly, M. Pierre Lellouche, a French Republican, spoke about encrypted systems in the US: “Ironically, encrypted systems generally come from the U.S. military—I think the Tor network and Dark cloud in general—and most companies that engage in this kind of trade are American,” he told the National Assembly. “They deliberately use the argument of public freedoms to make money knowing full well that the encryption used to drug traffickers, to serious [criminals] and especially to terrorists. It is unacceptable that the state loses any control over encryption and, in fact, be the subject of manipulation by U.S. multinationals.””

    I thought the “blame America first” argument in France went out of style like 10 years ago.

  4. This french governement is one of the worst we had. They’re incompetent inhuman pricks. Not one of them is living in the same world we’re living. Not one of them had a professionnal career outside of politics before accessing power.

    They have absolutely no clue about the Internet and strongly believes their pseudo-laws can actually change something. (foreign people can look up the hadopi law for a good example). Even less on the encryption matter.
    They play on fear and ignorance, and as my fellow frenchmen are getting more selfish and ignorant than ever (thanks education’s budget cuts) it’s getting easier and easier for them.

    France, the country of the Revolution and freedom, yeah right !

  5. Funny how the idiotic French government worries so much about terrorism. They have turned the whole country into a vast camp of illegal aliens from uncivilized countries. It’s a matter of time to see France turn into some new kind of Syria. Yet those morons are afraid some muslim jihadists from Africa of Pakistan who live in no-police-zones will store their plots into some highly encrypted devices instead of using their mosques to discuss the details.

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