Peter SayerParis Bureau Chief, IDG News Service

Peter Sayer covers open source software, European intellectual property legislation, and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service.

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French authorities requested 6,145 phone and data taps in 2012

An oversight committee also vetted over 200,000 requests for communications data

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Edward Snowden's Christmas message: a child born today will have no conception of privacy

Increasing government surveillance is leaving us with less freedom to determine who we are and who we want to be, Snowden told UK TV viewers

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Belgian card payment network crashes two days after record usage

On Sunday Belgian payment network operator Worldline boasted of a record; on Monday it was a wreck

Qualcomm will promote COO to replace Paul Jacobs as CEO

The move comes hours after reports that Microsoft was considering Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf as a possible replacement for Steve Ballmer.

Internet companies dismayed by French law allowing warrantless access to live user data

The French senate passed a law allowing police and government officials warrantless access to user data from ISPs and online services

French lawmakers propose warrantless access to live user data from ISPs, hosting sites

A new bill would grant the French military, police and even tax officials warrantless access to user data from ISPs and online services.

Leaked treaty draft shows US at loggerheads with Pacific states on copyright

A secretive international trade treaty up for discussion next week could have far-reaching effects on Internet services, copyright law and civil liberties.

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Google ordered by French court to block Max Mosley sex party photos

A French court has ordered Google to block images from its search results.

Heins out as BlackBerry CEO, as struggling phone maker takes $1 billion loan

BlackBerry will take a loan from its principal shareholder and name John S. Chen chairman and interim CEO

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France summons US ambassador over allegations of spying on phone calls and industry

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius has summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on French telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent and gathered data on millions of phone calls.

French ISP Free offers fiber customers 1Gbps upgrade for no cost

Customers of French ISP Free will soon see their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections upgraded from 100Mbps to 1Gbps, with no change to the monthly fee of €36 (US$50) including tax.

Report: French ministers told to install Android sandbox if they want to use smartphones

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned government ministers this summer that they and their staff should only use approved smartphones to discuss sensitive matters, a French magazine has revealed.

Snowden leaks show UK and US spies have cracked BlackBerry's BES encryption

The U.S. National Security Agency is able to read messages sent via a corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), according to a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel. The purpose of this spying is economic or political, and not to counter terrorism, the magazine hints.

French prosecutor starts preliminary inquiry into Prism privacy violations

Allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on French citizens with its Prism program have prompted the French public prosecutor to begin a preliminary inquiry, a court spokeswoman said Thursday.

Snowden has left the airport! Russia grants asylum for a year

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has finally left the transit area of the Moscow airport, after Russia granted him temporary asylum, his lawyer told The Wall Street Journal.

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