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French Senate Approves Law to Remotely Activate Smartphone Cameras and Microphones

French Senate Approves Law to Remotely Activate Smartphone Cameras and Microphones

The French Senate has given the green light to a law permitting security forces to remotely activate the camera and microphone on the smartphones of crime suspects. The new legislation empowers intelligence services to monitor and eavesdrop on individuals without the need for legal consent or any form of prior notification.

The Paris Bar Association has voiced strong objections to the new law. They argue it's not only excessive but also obliterates the concept of attorney-client privilege. This is because any suspect can potentially be listened to through their phone during a meeting with their lawyer. In anticipation of this eventuality, numerous legal practitioners had already installed special screening devices in their offices, designed to protect against remote smartphone surveillance.

The Faraday capsule blocks communication on multiple smartphones at once to prevent remote hacking and phone eavesdropping. Used by lawyers to protect the privacy of conversations

French authorities insist that these novel procedures will only target individuals suspected of major crimes, such as organised crime or acts of terrorism. Yet critics contest that the legislation essentially transforms all digital devices into potential agents of espionage, severely compromising the fundamental right to privacy.

To become fully enacted, the law still needs to be ratified by the National Assembly, offering opponents a further chance to block its more contentious clauses. If it is not halted, any phone within French jurisdiction could automatically be deemed a potential surveillance device.

How to Guard Against Phone Tracking

To protect yourself from phone tracking and potential leakage of sensitive information, several measures can be implemented:

  • Avoid discussing sensitive topics near your phone. Even when switched off or in airplane mode, modern smartphones can still transmit data, potentially allowing others to eavesdrop on your conversations.
  • Utilize Faraday cage covers, capsules, and bags. These devices provide one of the most effective shields against phone tracking by physically blocking cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS signals. This denies the opportunity for remote listening or tracking of your device.
The Faraday sleeve completely blocks remote interaction with the phone, location tracking, and remote access to the camera and microphone
  • Consider using protective camera shutters. This simple, cost-effective solution helps to maintain your privacy by disabling your phone's ability to visually 'spy' on you.


Despite the original intent of such measures probably being to ensure citizen safety, officially sanctioning remote access to every phone essentially greenlights the development of technologies that may eventually be used for illicit surveillance and corporate espionage.

The ever-evolving capabilities of technology already permit real-time tracking of individuals, potentially hearing their every word and viewing their surroundings through a smartphone camera. However, means of protecting one's privacy are also advancing. Used by business professionals, government employees, and regular users alike, these methods can help everyone make their private lives less susceptible to invasive external interferences.