Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cybercafes walloped by French anti terror plans

Nick Ferrell writes in The Inquirer:

FRENCH PLANS to make the world safer from terrorists will prove to be a nightmare for Internet cafes in the country, it's being claimed.

Besides surrounding businesses and homes with more video survaliance cameras than that lot have in Blighty, the law demands that internet caffs and telephone operators keep records of connections for three years.

The law is going through, even though police admit that it will not stop terrorist attacks. The police say it will provide them with a paper trail after the attackers have blown themselves up.

Meanwhile the average internet café will have to go through the rigmarole of recording every person who rents a computer and where they surf.

This will stop terrorists using caffs because they had guaranteed anonymity there, the French government says here.


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