Could privacy-protecting software become a new Internet standard?

If it's on the Internet, it isn't private.

If it’s on the Internet, it isn’t private. (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

By MIT Technology Review

Following NSA surveillance revelations, talks advance on making the privacy-protecting tool Tor an Internet standard.

The Internet’s main engineers have asked the architects of Tor—networking software designed to make Web browsing private—to consider turning the technology into an Internet standard.

If widely adopted, such a standard would make it easy to include the technology in consumer and business products ranging from routers to apps. This would, in turn, allow far more people to browse the Web without being identified by anyone who might be spying on Internet traffic.

If the discussions bear fruit, it could lead to the second major initiative of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in response to the mass surveillance by the National Security Administration. Already the IETF is working to encrypt more of the data that flows between your computer and the websites you visit (see “Engineers Plan a Fully Encrypted Internet“).

Collaborating with Tor would add an additional layer of security and privacy. When Tor is successfully used, the websites you visit don’t know the true address and location of your computer, and anyone watching traffic from your computer wouldn’t know where you’re browsing—a distinct layer of protection that goes beyond encrypting your communications.

Read More Could privacy-protecting software become a new Internet standard? – Salon.com.

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