Dueling trends in Internet privacy: Government v Netizens

Testifying to a Senate panel, Gonzales acknowledged the concerns of some company executives who say legislation might be overly intrusive and encroach on customers’ privacy rights. But he said the growing threat of child pornography over the internet was too great.”This is a problem that requires federal legislation,” Gonzales told the Senate Banking Committee. “We need information. Information helps us makes cases.”

from Gov’t Wants ISPs’ User Data at WIRED (similar article at ZDNet)

The Torpark tool has been created by Hacktivismo – an international coalition of hackers, human rights workers, lawyers and artists. Torpark uses the Tor network of internet routers set up by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that already has tens of thousands of regular users. Whenever any computer connects to the net it freely shares information about the address it is using. This is so any data it requests is sent back to the right place.

The Tor network tries to stop this information being shared in two ways. First, it encrypts traffic between a computer and the Tor network of routers – this makes it much harder to spy on the traffic and pinpoint who is doing what. Second, the Tor network regularly changes the net address that someone appears to be browsing from – again this frustrates any attempt to pin a particular browsing session on any individual.

from Free anonymising browser debuts from BBC Technology News.

Previously from WNM:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation. Advocates for online privacy, liberty.;
Should there be a federal privacy law?;
DOJ, Net firms fail to agree on data retention
Plus – visit Torpark’s activist creators at Hacktivismo.com and contribute your knowledge of Tor, Torpark and Hacktivismo to the Whats New Media Wiki

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