After Paris Attacks, Proposed French Law Would Block Tor and Forbid Free Wi-Fi

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"After the recent Paris terror attacks, the French government is proposing to forbid and block the use of the Tor anonymity network, according to an internal document from the Ministry of Interior seen by French newspaper Le Monde.

That document lays out two proposed pieces of legislation, one around the state of emergency, and the other concerning counter-terrorism.
In the former, the French government is considering to "Forbid free and shared wi-fi connections" during a state of emergency. This comes from a police opinion included in the document: the reason being that it is apparently difficult to track individuals who use public wi-fi networks.

The latter piece of legislation, meanwhile, says the government is considering "to block or forbid communications of the Tor network." The legislation, according to Le Monde, could be presented as early as January 2016."


Re: Doubtful (Score: 1)

by on 2015-12-10 14:55 (#X8YQ)

I also don't get the distinction between "free" and shared wifi. If they have trouble tracking people using shared wifi, then does it really matter if they pay or not?

I mean if France's favorite restaurant included wifi access with their Royale with Cheese, it wouldn't help anything.
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