(Bloomberg) -- Years of policing Facebook Inc. and Google on data privacy are being put to use in France to keep another player in check -- the government.

As terrorism threats increase surveillance and bulk up intelligence services, France’s watchdog CNIL is deploying efforts to make sure the government doesn’t cross the line on personal information of citizens, the regulator’s president, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin said. She recently cautioned the state against creating a central database with fingerprints, pictures and other personal information of virtually everyone in France.

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