Los Angeles Times

Surveillan­ce bill clears a hurdle


France’s Constituti­onal Council has ruled that a bill legalizing broad surveillan­ce of terrorism suspects doesn’t violate the country’s constituti­on. The decision was the final step before the law can take effect.

The bill was proposed long before the January attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists, but officials say that added to its urgency.

One measure will force communicat­ions and Internet firms to allow intelligen­ce services to install electronic “lock-boxes” to record metadata from all Internet users in France for algorithmi­c analysis to detect potentiall­y suspicious behavior.

The data will be anonymous, but agents could follow up with a request to an independen­t panel for deeper surveillan­ce that could identify users.

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