Good News: Using A Proxy Server Isn't A Sign That You're More Of A Criminal (Yet)

from the phew dept

Some of us use proxy servers for VPN purposes, because it's just good security. However, the US Sentencing Commission was recently considering whether or not the use of a proxy server should be considered "sophisticated means," such that it could increase jailtime in sentencing for a crime. As the EFF notes, the Commission has rejected this concept for now, though, it's not entirely clear why or if this will change at a later date. However, for now, rest assured that using a proxy server doesn't automatically mean you deserve greater jailtime than if you don't.

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    Overcast, 22 Apr 2009 @ 6:22am

    A "proxy" server is as much a criminal tool as a radio is - it's just a means of relaying information. The idea of using them to bounce around to make tracking harder isn't going to go away, even if people who use "proxy" servers are "criminals".

    I could make a prank call by proxy too - I could call a friend, who calls a friend, who calls a friend - all inverting their phones, holding the speaker to the microphone and layer the call 4 or 5 times. Just another type of 'proxy' really.

    Perhaps we should take a lesson from Government here - and no longer call them "Proxy Servers" but now let's exercise our right to doublespeak and call them "broker servers" or maybe "intermediary servers" - would that make them ok?

    After all - waterboarding isn't torture - it's just waterboarding - at least that's what the last Oval office attendant said.

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