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The Register: French 'spy agent' paranoia fuels Open Source law moves

Apr 28, 2000, 13:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graham Lea)

"Three French MPs are proposing a new law which will require the use of open standards and source code that is 'accessible to all public administrations and organisations' in France."

"There can be little doubt that the real concern must be national security, and that the government wants no replay of the exposé when the Direction Générale de la Securité Exterieure (DGSE) was caught planting industrial spies in the European branches of IBM, Texas Instruments and other US electronics companies."

"Officials from the FBI and CIA visited the French government to confront it with evidence that the DGSE had been running a major espionage programme against foreign business executives since the late 1960s, intercepting electronic messages and giving information to Bull."

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