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French Minister Sells Surveillance Legislation With Fake Benefits 51

Dangerous_Minds writes "The debate over LOPPSI 2, the legislation that would allow police to upload malware including Trojan Horses and key loggers to unwitting users without a court order, is heating up in France. Interior minister Brice Hortefeux told the media that LOPPSI 2 would stop the theft of smart phones because vendors would then be able to discontinue use of on-board SIM cards. Critics are pointing out that the theft of stolen portable phones is not covered under LOPPSI 2 in its current form. Others also point out that the discontinued use of SIM cards on stolen phones is already possible in France without the legislation. It's unclear if this is just a case of the minister not knowing what is actually in the legislation he is trying to pass."
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French Minister Sells Surveillance Legislation With Fake Benefits

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  • by Kilrah_il (1692978) on Thursday January 06, 2011 @01:54AM (#34773988)

    Actually, it's quite sad that the option that the politician does not know what he is trying to pass is concievable. You would think that a professional would be well versed in the material he is working on. In the case of politicians (which are supposed to be our professional law-makers), we assume he does not have more than a passing aquaintance with the laws he is proposing. And the alternative is that he is blanatly lying. Amazing!
    Well, I must be new here... :)

  • by Attila Dimedici (1036002) on Thursday January 06, 2011 @08:54AM (#34775522)
    Most politicians around the world admired the fascists before WWII. The majority never really got over it, they just knew that they couldn't admit it after war broke out.

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