NSA “Yelled” at France Over “Three-Strikes” Legislation

NSA “Yelled” at France Over “Three-Strikes” Legislation

US intelligence agencies complain the country’s “Creation and Internet Law” – Hadopi – will only encourage Internet users to arm themselves with same encryption tools used by criminal networks, making their job of detecting threats and illegal activity that much harder.

With French ISPs already having sent out the first emails warning customers they are suspected of having download copyrighted material illegally, it’s interesting to note that US intelligence agencies have apparently “yelled” at their French counterparts for having allowed the legislation responsible for it to go through, and for how it will make their job of gathering data and detecting threats that much harder.

The warning letters are part of the country’s “Creation and Internet” law, the controversial “three-strikes” measure to fight P2P in that country that was first proposed back in June of 2008. It was formally passed last September, but not after first before being ruled unconstitutional over the fact that an agency (HADOPI), and not a judge, was allowed to disconnect people from the Internet.

US intelligence agencies are concerned that it will only encourage file-sharers and others to arm themselves with the same encryption tools used by criminal networks, making their job of detecting threats and illegal activity that much harder as the use of such tools goes mainstream.

During a recent cryptography symposium in France they made their concerns known to their French counterparts, taking the time to “yell” at their French counterparts about Hadopi during a coffee break and make it clear that they are not happy.

They think it’s wrong to pass legislation to fight the simple, though illegal, exchange of movies and music because it means file-sharers will simply equip themselves with strong encryption tools to avoid detection, and make both the copyright holders and the govt losers in the end.

It’s why they reportedly encouraged former president George W. Bush to abandon similar “three-strikes” legislation in the US, and why British intelligence services had told their own govt its concerns with the Digital Economy Act’s plans for monitoring and disconnecting suspected file-sharers.

None of this seems to matter to copyright holders who seem to believe that “three-strikes” will actually work and turn people into loyal customers. File-sharing has never been a 1:1, lost sale to download, ratio and is more likely 1:20 or more. All it’s likely to do is cause people to switch to the use of a variety of encryption tools, darknets, VPNs, Usenet, etc..

It’s to bad the NSA and Mi5 seem to be the the only ones with true “intelligence” in govt these days.

Stay tuned

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