Transparent Society Pushback


In France, some people find it amusing to film their friends committing violent crimes. The French government has a solution:

The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists. The law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who film acts of police violence, or operators of Web sites publishing the images, one French civil liberties group warned on Tuesday…

The government has also proposed a certification system for Web sites, blog hosters, mobile-phone operators and Internet service providers, identifying them as government-approved sources of information if they adhere to certain rules.

The Council gets today's bad timing award for publishing its decision exactly 16 years after a random guy filmed the Rodney King beatings. 

The always camera-ready Julian Sanchez hailed citizen surveillance back in 2005.