France, one of the first to enshrine “le droit de l’oubli,” the right to be forgotten, is enacting “le loi sur le renseignment,” or Intelligence law. That’s ugly in any language. An argument FOR the law, expressed in the French press, is that law-abiding citizens with nothing to hide (rien a cacher) have nothing to fear. It’s just the bad guys who stand to lose.
Irony of ironies: just as the US Congress has loosened the grip of the US Patriot’s Act, French legislators are tightening it.
I’ve written about this before: I have huge sympathy for the French conundrum, and enormous affection for the country.
So, when I heard of the...