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|Data retention: how much do you care about your privacy?|
|Posted by IH on Jul. 4|
In today's news,
Youtube was ordered to give user histories and IP's to Viacom
for evidentiary collection (aka. discovery in legal terms). I've went through this same process with
brought by the MPAA
so I thought I'll share some of my thoughts on the issue.
As unreasonable as I think these lawsuits by Viacom/MPAA may be, in order for the legal process to work, plaintiffs are entitled to evidence in order to prove their case. However, user privacy should be a large concern in disclosing of data (logs) as evidence, and in neither Youtube's or our case, there's no reason for turning over data that would expose your personal identify (such as your IP address). From glancing
the order against Youtube,
the reason they were ordered to turn over user histories is to prove user infringements, and inclusion of IP's in such logs is to uniquely identify users who may have signed up multiple usernames/accounts. I call bullshit on that. If someone uses multiple usernames, he can as easily login with multiple IP addresses, disclosing IP's would not help the plaintiffs in proving copyright infringements. I expect Google/Youtube to appeal the order (at least I sure hope so).
As for us, we successfully argued in our MPAA case that we don't need to turn over your IP addresses as it is a violation of user privacy with no evidentiary value, and only turned over .torrent access logs in anonymized form. You may not like to hear that .torrent logs are being turned over, but the truth is we were ordered to do so and that the MPAA does need anonymous logs to prove their frivolous lawsuit.
The bottom line is, what really matters to you is your privacy and I can assure you that
is true and correct: we will not disclose your personal identity to any third party, without your consent. For other website admins, as Brian Aker of MySQL
for sake of privacy of your users and your own sanity, only keep server logs in anonymized or aggregate form. I see no usefulness to keep full logs long term. As to ISP or other man in the middle snooping of your activities on isoHunt, we now have
option to protect your visit to isoHunt.com from prying eyes.
|SSL now available for citizens of Dubai (and others)!|
|Posted by infowolfe on Jun. 25|
YOU CAN NOW SEARCH SECURELY WITH ISOHUNT.COM
Worried about having your traffic sniffed? Concerned about privacy? We've got your solution. A connection via ssl allows you to communicate with us privately, bypassing caching servers and deep packet inspection hardware.
Thanks in no small part to the work of Spike, we are proud to offer SSL on 2 of our sites. https://isohunt.com https://torrentbox.com and https://forums.torrentbox.com are all now valid urls for reaching us. This should mean that folks in
Dubai, who have recently had to start using an alternate domain
of ours, should now be able to visit us directly. If you have issues with transparent proxies or mean people snooping on your connection, this should come as fantastic news for you. We'll be evaluating how much extra load this places on our servers over the next few weeks, and if there's a large outpouring of people preferring to browse isoHunt or TorrentBox securely, we'll be investing in some dedicated hardware to handle the SSL connections. (
's have hifn chips with some very nice linux kernel drivers for crypto offloading, so they'd make our SSL stuff faster, and be completely transparent )
Just a heads up: we did in fact buy certificates, but loading some pages may cause warnings due to ads and digg not being on SSL secured connections, so please don't complain if you see these warnings. Your communication to isohunt.com and torrentbox.com are fully secure when browsing under https://.
Also, there's a poll attached to this announcement, PLEASE give us your feedback regarding whether you'll be using SSL or not.
Stress testing experiment with redirecting all traffic to SSL
(our servers handled it fine and SS did some optimizations to handle extreme load better)
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