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France: NSA can't penetrate our systems

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Staff writer ▼ | September 6, 2013
The French Ministry for Foreign Affairs has told EurActiv that its diplomatic network system is protected and secure, and could not have been a target for the NSA. Print screens won't help NSA, French say.
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NSAThe French Ministry for Foreign Affairs has told EurActiv that its diplomatic network system is protected and secure, and could not have been a target for the NSA. Print screens won't help NSA, French say.


The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied allegations by the German magazine Der Spiegel that France was a target of the NSA's Prism program in 2010. According to the magazine, the NSA was interested in the network system that connects the French diplomatic representations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A spokesperson for the ministry told EurActiv that the French "diplomatic information system is secure and protected. Print screens or phishing emails coming from diplomatie.gouv.fr do not allow for an intrusion into secure applications".

In July, two human rights organisations, the FIDH and the LDH, filed a complaint against persons unknown for unlawful collection of personal data, invasion of privacy and electronic correspondence. Prosecutors in Paris have opened an investigation.


 

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