No Reino Unido, os fornecedores de Internet estão contra a nova lei de vigilância

Agora que no Reino Unido vai entrar em vigor a “lei de vigilância mais extrema, alguma vez aprovada numa democracia“, os fornecedores de Internet estão à procura de soluções para os seus clientes.

A lei, que obriga os service providers a guardarem o registo de navegação dos seus clientes, durante um ano, para além ser um atentado à privacidade de pessoas inocentes (em nome da guerra ao terrorismo, pedofilia, etc., claro) também tem alguns riscos, como possíveis fugas de informação, que irão acontecer mais tarde ou mais cedo.

“It only takes one bad actor to go in there and get the entire database,” said James Blessing, chairman of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa), which represents BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and others.

Desde VPN’s localizadas em países estrangeiros com leis menos autoritárias até à utilização da rede Tor para todo o tráfego do cliente, tudo está a ser analisado pelos “service providers” do Reino Unido.

VPNs digitally scramble a user’s internet traffic and send it to one of their own servers before passing it on to a site or app in a form they can make sense of. A similar process happens in reverse, helping mask the person’s online activity.

As a result, instead of ISPs having a log of everywhere a customer has visited, the only thing they can provide to the authorities is the fact that a subscriber used a VPN.

One of the UK’s smaller internet providers, Andrews & Arnold, is looking into other ways to help its users circumvent the law.

“Customers can install a Tor browser, which encrypts traffic to one of thousands of different internet connections throughout the world hiding what they are doing,” said managing director Adrian Kennard.

“We are also working with a company called Brass Horn, which is planning to sell Tor-only internet access.

“In addition, we may base some of our own services outside the UK to reduce the amount of information that is logged and recorded. One possible place that we might put equipment is Iceland.”

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