Surprise! Net Censorship Circumvention Tools Sell User Data
from the just-when-you-thought-you-were-safe dept
These tools work by operating as virtual ISPs for the user in the censored country, so they have incredible amounts of information about the online practices of millions of users. As Roberts points out, the best way to avoid sharing this information, which authoritarian governments would love to have, is to not store it. Unfortunately, these projects have chosen to support themselves through the sale of data, thus potentially compromising their goal of Internet freedom. Although they claim to have "strict screening" before selling personally identifiable data, one can easily imagine leaks or errors.
While this shouldn't be entirely surprising - no system is perfect - it is a practice which should be corrected. And it should serve as a reminder that those wishing to remain anonymous online have an uphill battle.