The government’s “anti-scam” filter will miss a deadline. The device supposed to warn Internet users when they visit a malicious site was in fact to be released during the Rugby World Cup which will begin this Friday. Without filter…
The first version of the anti-scam filter wanted by the government will not be put in place for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off this Friday, September 8. However, it was a promise from Jean-Noël Barrot, the minister responsible for digital transition, which dates back to February. Alas, the system is not at all up to date.
No pot for the filter
The minister’s office admits to The Informed that the objective had to “ evolve in the face of the facts and the technical complexity of the file “. However, he recalls that the measure must be effective in its final version for the Paris Olympic Games next summer. Moreover, ” the implementation of the filter also depends on the adoption of the bill which arrives at the National Assembly on September 19 “.
The SREN law aims to secure and regulate the digital space. In addition to the anti-scam filter, it must also put into music the famous controversial control of the age of Internet users by porn sites, or the banning of cyberstalkers.
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The anti-scam filter involves mobilizing the main web browser publishers, who will be responsible for alerting their users to a malicious site (attempted fraud, phishing, etc.) based on a list provided by Arcom. This is what the security warning would look like:
The Mozilla Foundation, which publishes the Firefox browser, is directly opposed to this device, qualified for “disaster for a free Internet and would be disproportionate to the objectives of the bill, namely the fight against fraud “.
According to the publisher, the filter would introduce a ” worrying precedent “. Today phishing sites, but who knows if tomorrow a government will not require the blocking of sites that do not suit it? Instead, Mozilla suggests leveraging existing tools. rather than replacing them with government-mandated website blocking lists “. A petition is still online for ” prevent France from forcing browsers like Mozilla Firefox to censor websites “.