The Skype begin refusing payments making on their site through the Tor

Ted Smith teddks at
Tue Jan 4 13:10:48 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-01-04 at 08:02 -0500, Praedor Atrebates wrote:
> For something like skype or paying for ANYTHING via credit card/paypal or the like, your anonymity is lost upon making payment so having to pay online outside the tor network cannot be a privacy/anonymity violation.  
> I would never use tor to make privacy/anonymity breaking payments or enter anonymity breaking information - it totally negates the function or point of tor in the first place.  Basically, I'm not sure that being blocked from making a payment to a company over the tor network is really a problem at all.  
> Am I missing something?

You're missing that Tor's goal is to separate identification from
routing, and that logging into authenticated systems using Tor is a
perfectly valid use of it. Not all uses of Tor are for the purpose of
obscuring your identity from the destination server. For example, nearly
all uses of Tor during the Iranian election protests fell into this
category (I suspect).

There's also a case to be made about revealing the least possible amount
of information. If you give a website your credit card information over
Tor+Torbutton, you're giving them objectively less data about you than
you would have if you had given them your credit card without Tor
+Torbutton. This may or may not be valuable information, but it's still
information. Personally, I do as much as I can over Tor, just because I
want to have a default-deny policy about my personal information.
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