France is about to pass a law forbidding service providers to store users’ passwords in irretrievable format. If the law passes it would make storing passwords in encrypted format instead of plain text illegal in France, according to a rather draconian new data retention law. According to the BBC report, “[t]he law obliges a range of e-commerce sites, video and music services and webmail providers to keep a host of data on customers. This includes users’ full names, postal addresses, telephone numbers and passwords. The data must be handed over to the authorities if demanded. Police, the fraud office, customs, tax and social security bodies will all have the right of access.” The proposed law has been challenged by large internet service companies, such as the likes of Google and Facebook and others such as The French Association of Internet Community Services (ASIC), but if it passes some may abandon France as their market it may well keep some major services out of the country entirely.
The big wave of Stieg Larsson effect! You read one of his books (or one of Andrea Camilleri, or Alexander McCall Smith, or Arnaldur Indridason, Jarkko Sipila, or Qiu Xiaolong, or Natsuo Kirino, or someone else who and whose heroes and villains are set “somewhere else in the world”.
And now… hoooked. What now? Aaargh - read all the books of that favorite world author? Now what should I read? Hey, isn’t it practical there’s now a group for the recommendations? Yes.