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French bill to expand spying powers is criticized
French surveillance bill to expand intelligence-gathering powers; critics say it goes too far
By SARAH DiLORENZO
Associated Press
2013-12-10 11:01 PM

PARIS (AP) -- The French government, among the most vocal critics of U.S. spying practices, is now coming under fire for trying to expand its own digital surveillance capabilities.

A law in parliament would give French intelligence services access to telephone and Internet usage data that would let them locate and follow a target of a terrorism investigation in real time. The law also expands the number of the agents able to access this information to include those from the finance and budget ministries.

Critics say the law expands the government's power without also expanding the checks on that power.

Both houses have already passed the bill, but different versions of it. The Senate is examining it again Tuesday in an attempt to reconcile the differences.

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