OBAMA WANTS HELP FROM TECH: President Obama is urging Silicon Valley to help fight violent extremism by making it “harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.” The comment, made Sunday night in Obama’s oval office address, sets up “renewed debate over personal privacy online,” Reuters reports. “Obama used the address to try to reassure Americans nervous about possible future attacks after the shooting deaths of 14 people at an office party in San Bernardino, California, by a husband and wife with radical Islamist views. The shootings have reinvigorated a long-running debate about Washington’s digital surveillance effort to find and capture violent extremists, with at least one sign of Republican support in the House of Representatives for Obama’s agenda,” the wire service reports.

FRANCE EYES TOR BAN: The French government is considering legislation to ban free and shared WiFi during a state of emergency and to block the Tor network from being used inside the country. “The new bills could be presented to parliament as soon as January 2016. The new laws are presumably in response to the attacks in Paris last month where 130 people were murdered,” Ars Technica reports. “The Ministry of Interior is looking at blocking and/or forbidding the use of Tor completely. Blocking people from using Tor within France is technologically quite complex, but the French government could definitely make it difficult for the average user to find and connect to the Tor network. If the French government needs some help in getting their blockade set up, they could always talk to the only other country in the world known to successfully block Tor: China, with its Great Firewall.”

ABOUT THOSE PHONE RECORDS: The Associated Press points out that the government’s ability to analyze five years of phone records for the suspects in the San Bernardino attack lapsed just four days earlier. “Under a court order, those historical calling records at the NSA are now off-limits to agents running the FBI terrorism investigation even with a warrant. Instead, under the new USA Freedom Act, authorities were able to obtain roughly two years’ worth of calling records directly from the phone companies of the married couple blamed in the attack,” the AP reports. “The period covered the entire time that the wife, Tashfeen Malik, lived in the United States, although her husband, Syed Farook, had been here much longer. She moved from Pakistan to the U.S. in July 2014 and married Farook the following month. He was born in Chicago in 1987 and raised in southern California.”