HADOPI was first, and now Loppsi 2 threatens users’ freedoms online

Not to overstate the implications of French laws and their impact on other nations, but it seems France is fairly hell bent on using fear of child pornography as the launching point of a series of new restrictive Internet proposals now rocketing their way through the French parliament.

It is difficult to get a clear translation of the new proposals, but a translation of the French website Liberation.fr helped to provide some insight to the measures, which would permit police to upload a cookie to a user’s computer for the purpose of tracking that user’s Internet activity.

Another site, ZeroPaid.com, provides an older¬†Google translation of a 2009 Le Monde article¬†that explains important details of the proposed law, which was introduced originally in 2002. It is named for French Prime Minister Nicholas Sarkozy’s original proposal, LOPS 2002.

Assuming a lassez faire attitude in the United States on this issue is very dangerous, considering the rights that were sacrificed during the most recent administration’s efforts to track terrorists. Violations of treaty conventions, International Law, gross human rights abuses and courts ruling in favor of unjustified wiretaps could all easily be used as the precursor to Internet spying in the United States.

If the USA finds a way to justify uploading tracking cookies to your computer to supposedly track child pornography, or to find out whether you’ve illegally downloaded Metallica’s thrashiest metal riff, we will be threatened in immeasurable ways.

Editor’s Note: This article has been adjusted to remove outdated links to pages or website that are no longer resolving. (Updated February 22, 2014)


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Danny Pryor is a media, website and content developer based in Fort Lauderdale. He produces websites, video and other digital media through his company, Rodan Media, and is the executive director of the travel website, TurpikeInfo.com, which he co-owns with his business partners. Danny began website development in 2000, while working with Scoop Magazine, in Fort Lauderdale. His media and broadcasting career dates to 1988, when he began working in news radio, in Las Vegas. He has two awards from the Florida Associated Press, for Best Individual Achievement and for Best Spot News, for his radio news coverage of events in Miami, during 1992.

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