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The Verge: How the legal response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks could destroy privacy

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:52 -- Eva Prkachin

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Is the surveillance state about to expand in Europe?

Article by Amar Toor for the Verge

Paris is still very much on edge after last week’s attacks on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which precipitated a three-day manhunt and left 17 dead. Thousands of soldiers have been deployed amid fears of further violence, as government leaders and intelligence officials try to make sense of France's worst terrorist attack in decades.

Investigations into the massacre are ongoing, and other suspected accomplices are still at large, but questions are already swirling over how France and its neighbors will respond and what it could mean for civil liberties.

"We must respond to this exceptional situation with exceptional measures," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said before France’s National Assembly Tuesday evening. Valls, who earlier declared France at war with radical Islam, outlined new anti-terror proposals during his address, including stronger surveillance of the internet and social media. He cautioned, however, that any new measures must not "deviate from the principles of law and values."

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