TOR and Public WIFI may be blocked to Contain Terrorism
A French newspaper Le Monde reported that the government of France is considering new legislation that could sensor internet users. This includes banning TOR and public WIFI.
Banning Public Wi-Fi in State of Emergency:
The first law would ban people from sharing Wi-Fi connections during a state of emergency. The rational is that it is difficult to track individuals who use public Wi-Fi networks, as opposed to cellular networks.
The problem with this solution, is that would-be terrorists could access the internet from another myriad of ways. Adhoc connections, satellite internet connections, private network connects etc…
Banning TOR from France:
TOR is an acronym derived from The Onion Router. TOR directs internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network consisting of more than 6 thousand relays to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance. Basically it allows people to browse and communicate over the internet anonymously.
If you would like information on how to setup the Onion Network easily on your windows machine, checkout my article that I wrote here.
The Onion Network can make it difficult for authorities to trace Internet activity back to the user. TOR users can make anonymous visits to websites, online posts, instant messages and other communication forums without being tracked.
TOR’s use is intended to protect the personal privacy of users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential communication by keeping their Internet activities from being monitored. Many people think that TOR is intended for criminals only. I tend to disagree. Checkout my post about the top people that should use the Onion Network. Spoiler alert: It’s not terrorists.
If France were to try to ban the Onion Router, it wouldn’t solve their problem. There are other sneaky ways to logon to the TOR network. A VPN could be used remotely. Would-be terrorists could also still access the Onion Network outside of the country.
While I applaud France for being proactive on the war against terrorism, I doubt their methodology to be effective.