Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Cloud services targeted as French Senate enlarges police search powers

Three more months of extraordinary police powers and the extension of warrantless searches to include cloud storage services accessible from computers in France: Those were among the changes voted unanimously by French senators Friday in response to the shootings and suicide bombings in and around Paris on Nov. 13.

In the hours following the attacks, President François Hollande declared a state of emergency, allowing police authorities to restrict the movement of people and vehicles, forbid public gatherings, close bars and theaters, put people under house arrest and conduct searches without a warrant from a judge.

Once declared, the state of emergency can last for up to 12 days, unless extended by law.

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