FYI: allium.gnupg.org shutdown
wk at gnupg.org
Tue Dec 30 15:41:17 CET 2008
the new year is coming and Germany will suffer from another restriction
on privacy. As some of you might now, we are running the TOR server
charlesbabbage (aka allium.gnupg.org) with a throughput of about
10TB/month. Unfortunately we are forced to shut it down tomorrow. As
THIS SERVICE WILL BE SHUTDOWN ON 2008-12-31!
The German data retention law requires us to save the connection
information before and after they have been transformed by the TOR
server. This is clearly not acceptable for this service and so we have
no other choice than to shut it down.
It has been stated several times by the "responsible" politicians that
the law explicitly targets services to provide anonymity. In the light
of these statements and several criminal investigations in the past, g10
Code GmbH (as the legal entity running this server) can't assume that
there is is a reasonable chance to keep running the server without
spending a lot of money on court cases or penalties.
We sincerely hope that our Federal Constitutional Court will soon decide
on this law and void the problematic parts of the law. As soon as that
happens we will continue this service.
Anyway, I wish you all a Happy New Year 2009.
Die Gedanken sind frei. Auschnahme regelt ein Bundeschgesetz.
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