Even as Europe expresses outrage over America’s PRISM program, France is attempting to deny that it’s operating a similar program of its own.
Le Monde says it has exposed a secret scheme, being carried out by the French intelligence service DGSE, that stores metadata for communications inside the country and possibly beyond.
Faced with a huge hike in taxes on the benefits of equity sales, French entrepreneurs banded together as ‘Les Pigeons’ and forced the government to reverse its plans.
Hadopi, the French body created by former President Nicolas Sarkozy to enforce copyright laws online, has rarely been popular for its three strikes disconnection policy. Now, after hints that the new government may cut its funding, the group’s leader has told politicians to stop meddling.
Just days after France elected a new President, startups and entrepreneurs are lining up to decry François Hollande and saying they want to quit a hostile environment for business. At least they’re not threatening to go on strike.
Content owners have been hoping that France’s controversial HADOPI scheme for disconnecting file-sharers might provide a model for the rest of the world. Now, the fate of the plan is in confusion after last week’s election that brought Socialist Francois Hollande to power.