France Spies On Its People, Too
Newspaper alleges that DGSE keeps massive database of 'who is talking to whom'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 9:25 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Looks like America isn't the only country with a massive surveillance hobby. France is monitoring its people's phone calls, emails and social media activity as well, the Le Monde newspaper reported today, according to Reuters. France's external intelligence agency, the DGSE, intercepts signals from phones and computers and stores them for years in a massive database of "who is talking to whom," the report alleges. As in the US, the actual content of phone calls is not recorded.

"All of our communications are spied on," writes the paper, which contends that the database is illegal. The French national security commission disputes the entire report. Just yesterday France was urging the EU to suspend trade talks with the US over reports of NSA spying on European concerns. The European Parliament today took up that baton, recommending in a 483-98 vote that the EU drop a pair of agreements giving the US access to European financial and travel data unless Washington comes clean about its spying activities.

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wonder_n
Jul 6, 2013 12:41 PM CDT
It is an unjustified intrusion of privacy. The 'threat of terrorism' is simply a manner of circumventing laws regarding privacy.
ren1999
Jul 6, 2013 9:15 AM CDT
So you only care if the U.S. is spying on you? You don't care that France is also spying on you?
StationaryMan
Jul 5, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
Is this supposed to make me feel better, it doesn't. I don't care what other countries do, I care about what mine does.