After centuries of excess and exposure, France is finally exercising some modesty — at least when it comes to the location of its intelligence agencies.
The headquarters for France’s Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) has been added to the list of censored Google Maps locations after the agency came under scrutiny for monitoring the Internet and phone activity of French citizens.
The clandestine operation has been compared to the National Security Agency’s PRISM program.
Image courtesy of Google Maps
PRISM has worked with tech companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft to collect Internet data (such as email exchanges, instant messages and file uploads) on Americans for the past six years. Former NSA employee Edward Snowden leaked the details of the program to The Guardian and The Washington Post. Since these news organizations broke the news on PRISM in mid-June, Snowden has been charged with espionage and theft of government property by the U.S. His current whereabouts are unknown. Read more…