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France increases internet monitoring powers 

A last-minute opposition attempt failed to block the French government from its latest act, which gives it more power to monitor phone and internet connection data without any sort of legal barriers. Government departments now have boarder grounds to base monitoring requests on, and do not need to go through judges for the warrant to do so. The proposed law has come under fire from companies operating in France, such as Google and Microsoft, as well as telecom operators such as Orange. Despite several parliament members across different parties attempting to ally to force a review of the act, they failed to attain support and the act was allowed to go through. With news of this sort streaming in from the US, the UK and various other countries all over the world on what seems to be a daily basis, this bit of news can hardly be termed “shocking.

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