[OT] Republicons resume attacks on privacy

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Thu Jan 27 07:52:43 UTC 2011

> The Republicants are back to pushing data retention legislation. :-(
> http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20029393-281.html


Yeah. And two years is ridiculous. Back in the days of source spoofing,
internet miscreants were tracked for fun through multiple providers and
countries, it took just a few hours if the right people were awake.
Everyone had some form of authentication or location data. And pretty
much everyone kept it for about a month.
The data and subpoenas are there for any real 'exigent' purpose,
primarily because providers need it for their own internal business
purposes. LEO's just need to get off their duff, and if it's such small
potatoes that they don't, well then, by definition, who cares.

> I'd rather twist this into free promotion for TOR instead of hoping that
> some random goverment will /not/ do something like this.

I'd rather people keep writing congresscritters to keep it from happening,
for all the good reasons discussed elsewhere on the net.
Passage of such a law will promote anonymity networks in its own right.
While you're giving in, might as write the draft for them that bans
anonymity networks, because that will be next.

Torproject did a nice job with their new look and the tor users
page. And I know it's politically incorrect for them and hazardous
to the project, but in addition to mentioning China all over the
site as if it's the only twisted place in the world, the US, EU, etc
should get some lip service too by adding another section for normal
people that says 'irresponsible governments'...
"They protect their communications from irresponsible corporations."
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