The French national prosecutor’s office in Paris has opened a “preliminary investigation” into the National Security Agency’s (NSA) PRISM surveillance program, French media reported on Wednesday. (Don’t forget, France’s own spy agency, the DGSE, likely engages in similar practices.) The inquiry has been underway for over a month, but it’s only now being publicly disclosed through an anonymous judicial source who talked with the Agence France Presse (Google Translate).

The investigation began on July 16 to investigate the “illicit collection of personal data” of French citizens. Two French human rights groups, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the French Human Rights League (LDH), filed a complaint against “persons unknown.” However, they did name a slew of tech companies previously identified in the Snowden disclosures as “potential accomplices” of the NSA and the FBI. (Read the July 11, 2013 French-language legal complaint here as a PDF file.)     

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