The price of anonymity

The combination of software allowing anonymous access to the Net, not too competent police officers and laws not quite 21st century ready can be a very dangerous combination. According this story, the operator of the Tor node was arrested by German police …

I am quite curious how be would situation like this handled in Canada. First of all, would it happen ? Would the RCMP be more technically up to date than Deutsche Polizei ? What defines the responsibility of an operator of server, that moves encrypted content ? I am not crazy enough to try it out just to find out 🙂 – so no, I will not setup a TOR node (even if I do admire this cleverly designed piece of software).

Sometimes volunteering in a not-for-profit case may cost you a lot – as Alex Janssen found out the hard way:

I was arrested. They scared my wife. They confiscated all my equipment. They stopped the investigation. I’m sitting on a pile of bills from my lawyer no one except me has to pay. I’ll sue for compensation, but I don’t think that this will lead anywhere.

What happened to “innocent until proven guilty” ? Is there anything one can do to help stop traps like this ?

Actually, there is. Spread the word.

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