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Sarah Jamie Lewis
+ Your AuthorsArchive @SarahJamieLewis Executive Director @OpenPriv. Cryptography and Privacy Researcher. @cwtch_im icyt7rvdsdci42h6si2ibtwucdmjrlcb2ezkecuagtquiiflbkxf2cqd Jun. 07, 2021 1 min read

"Don't worry about random sites seeing your IP address, simply route all of your traffic through our centralized infrastructure, don't worry someone would have to go through all the effort of combining these 2 separate log files in order facilitate mass surveillance."

Feels like many have forgotten the lessons of previous decade.

Any infrastructure that can be used to facilitate mass surveillance, will be used to facilitate mass surveillance - the only variable is whether that is done with or without the consent of the system operator.

"Sarah, are you letting the perfect be the enemy of the 'marginally-better for some risk models'?"


When a company whose official corporate policy is "some people are permitted more privacy that other people depending on where they live" then I think you should be very suspicious when they propose new privacy models that involve centralizing traffic routing to conceal metadata.

Because without true separation of authority and control over different parts of the system, that is just a mass surveillance and censorship system dressed up as a privacy preserving system

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