French Police Call for Restrictions on Tor and VoIP Encryption

by Tracy Knauer •

French authorities are considering a ban on Tor, as well as rules that would require VoIP users to hand over encryption keys, as part of what police say is an effort to restrict terrorists’ ability to communicate privately online. Le Monde, a major newspaper in France, reports that police have requested authority to “prohibit and block communications on the Tor …

MPAA Report Criticizes Online Privacy Outside U.S.

by Tracy Knauer •

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) set online privacy tools and laws in its sights in a recent report to the U.S. government in which it contends that too much online privacy hurts the film industry. The report was submitted to the U.S. Trade Policy Staff Committee, which helps oversee U.S. trade with foreign countries. Its purpose is to …

PirateBrowser Offers Easy Tor-Based Anti-Censorship Solution

by Tracy Knauer •

Want to circumvent Internet censorship without the hassle of installing Tor? PirateBrowser from the Pirate Bay may be your answer — provided your browsing needs align with the browser’s intended purpose. PirateBrowser, which the torrent site the Pirate Bay introduced in 2013, combines Tor and Firefox into a simple but elegant package. The app works mostly the same as a …

Anoncoin Promises Privacy-Friendly, Anti-Censorship Online Currency

by Tracy Knauer •

Browsing privately is one thing. Paying privately online is another. Anoncoin, a Tor- and I2P-compatible Internet currency with an anti-censorship focus, offers a solution to the latter challenge. Anoncoin bills itself as “a privacy-centric currency fully compatible with the I2P and TOR darknets. Anoncoin will be available no matter what the authorities do.” Anoncoin works in a way similar to …