[tor-talk] Tor Exit Operator convicted in Austrian lower court
joebtfsplk at gmx.com
Fri Jul 4 20:56:33 UTC 2014
On 7/3/2014 2:23 PM, C B wrote:
> "I agree that collecting stories about "why/how I use Tor" is useful, but I disagree that any special education or warning should be needed before setting up an exit node. Setting up an exit node is simply providing another IP that can be used for traffic and nothing else."
Holy... "they may not have a clue what danger lies ahead," Batman.
We're going to have to agree to disagree, that at least some basic info
on potential dangers be supplied, if only links.
We've all seen several people conversing on tor-talk now, that were run
through the ringer, for running Tor relays.
I don't think any of them thought they'd be fighting for their freedom;
spending a huge part of savings to defend themselves or going through
extended, true mental anguish of wondering if they'd lose their freedom
Maybe Tor Project itself isn't the one that should be doing the
educating in this case - dunno.
Though I don't like the thought of people going through hell on Earth,
because they didn't understand the dangers, I also understand it's not
in Tor Project's best interest to scare off relay operators.
One issue is, every Tor user is encouraged to run a relay. Kind of like
the US Army commercials promoting adventure & visiting foreign lands,
instead of bullets & grenades coming at you.
I'm not sure if the 1st FAQ at the link
portrays an accurate picture of potential dangers:
>"Has anyone ever been sued or prosecuted for running Tor?"
*>"No*, we aren't aware of anyone being sued or prosecuted in the United
States just for running a Tor relay. Further, we believe that running a
Tor relay --- including an exit relay that allows people to anonymously
send and >receive traffic --- is legal under U.S. law."
That may need a bit of revision. :D Maybe no one has been prosecuted in
the US (I don't know), but people in other countries sure have.
And being investigated or going through court hearings & trials - maybe
for months or yrs, can destroy a person.
It can be devastating, even if you're never formally charged.
Many people who've never gone through something like that can't fully
understand the incredible stress of being investigated & threatened.
The concept of, "No one's been *prosecuted* in the US, therefore running
Tor relays has no potentially serious legal ramifications," is glossing
over the dangers.
Running a relay may not be *the* most dangerous activity, but it sure
carries significant risk. Many that get tor-talk regularly have read that.
But some potential relay operators might not read tor-talk every day for
months, to read about someone that got in serious legal trouble, before
they decide to / not to run a relay.
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