The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has ruled out introducing restrictions on public Wi-Fi and access to Tor as a response to the Paris terrorist attacks.
Earlier this month, documents leaked to Le Monde suggested that the French police were asking for powers for the following (among others):
- Curtail public Wi-Fi
- Enforce GPS tracking of rented cars
- Allow the use of cellphone collection stations
- Authorize the eradication of Tor
But the socialist leader has told the gendarmes to ficher le camp.
"Internet freedom is a great way to communicate with people, that's a plus for the economy," said Valls, saying it was "also a way for terrorists to communicate and spread their totalitarian ideology."
"The police look at all the aspects that better fight against terrorism, of course, but we must take effective measures," he said.
When it comes to Tor, the internet anonymizing service, Valls said there were also no plans to block the software or monitor its use. He said he had seen no proposals for such a scheme.
It seems the so-called cheese eating surrender monkeys can still teach the rest of the world a thing or two about how not to let the terrorists erode core principles. ®