Ok fellow readers, I am not sure if this is actually a big thing or not however this really scares the shit out of me. Do you remember those CEPT documents I mentioned in an earlier article? Do you remember that Mr Ivan Martin from Thales I mentioned in this article? Well read on…
The CEPT documents are meant to serve as proposals for the final resolutions in case the request gets adopted. Yes, those drafts are meant to maybe be turned into legal documents. Out of curiosity I had a look at the meta information of the word document resolution proposal submitted by France administration to the CEPT. Guess who originally authored the document on June 3rd 2019? Mr Ivan Martin Himself! Yes, an employee of Thales, a private company, wrote official public material serving his employer purposes.
All could just end here, but there is another gentlemen named Emmanuel Faussurier involved. This individual amended the document on June 14th 2019. Googling for his name tells us he is an employee of the ANFR administration which is part of the french radio regulation body.
I am not a legal expert, and cannot tell whether this is legal or not, yet i really have an ethical problem with it. Who is running my country? What kind of relationship does Thales and french regulators have? Should I expect some hit men knocking at my door?