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Re: [tor-talk] Tor and Google error / CAPTCHAs.

Alec Muffett <alec.muffett@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

> To a first approximation I am in favour of maximising all of those,
> but practically I feel that that's a foolhardy proposition - simply,
> my Netflix viewing, or whatever, does not need to be anonymised.

I think it's kind of dangerous to assume whole classes of information
will *never* be interesting -- if you don't anonymize at the source,
they'll be recorded forever (approximately).

Like, maybe we invent AI in 20 years that looks back at your Netflix
viewing habits and concludes all those cat movies put you at too high a
risk of owning a (now illegal) cat...

But, for a practical non-future-speculative use-case: what if you're
travelling but don't want Teh Internets to know that? Then you might
want to do seemingly "non-anonymous" things like log into GitHub or
gmail or facebook or whatever over <some anonymity tool>.

I don't know how, but it would also be nice if "we" could pressure
companies like Netflix to fund / participate in research allowing them
to get the feature (e.g. relevant suggestions) while preserving at least
some anonymity (i.e. not having a database of every show everyone has
ever watched).

p.s. Also practically speaking: I'm not suggesting everone start
streaming Netflix over Tor ... but I *am* suggesting you should use
GitHub etc over Tor ;)

p.p.s gmail doesn't deal well with Tor (looks like maybe some websocket
connections start failing). On the other hand, github and slack deal
very well. IME.


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