2006-11-03

Loss of privacy

The European commission passed a law that forces all internet providers to protocol all connections and store these at least 6 months. This action gets us rid of the virtual anonymity that we had up to now. One might argue, that nearly all providers logged the sessions of their users anyways, but now its obligatory.

This pile of data gives the European governments the power to track down most publications made online by the folks. We have to watch closely that this power is not abused by politicians to get rid of nasty journalists, statements or critics. Freedom of speech can quickly be compromised. For instance lookup the US rating in the 'reporters without borders' statement: Press freedom index

Hopefully TOR will gain a broader installation base, before Europe drops too far in this index.

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