France may ban public Wi-Fi and Tor following Paris attacks2015-12-08 03:18 by Daniela
In response to the Paris terrorist attacks last month, authorities in France consider new laws that will allow blocking public Wi-Fi networks during a state of emergency. This is just one of the measures suggested by the French police as a way to fight terorism.
According to the police, public Wi-Fi networks allow potential terrorists to communicate anonymously and it can be more difficult to track individual users connected to shared public networks.
Another proposed measure is to ban the use of the anonymous web browser Tor within the country. Unlike Wi-Fi, which is supposed to be blocked just in case of emergency, Tor is aimed to be completely forbidden. VoIP services, such as Skype may also be forced to hand encryption keys to police.
The French government is expected to vote the blocking measures in January.
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