Thursday, July 24, 2008

Researchers Could Face Legal Risks For TOR Network Snooping

Chris Soghoian writes on the C|Net "surveill@nce st@te" Blog:

A group of researchers from the University of Colorado and University of Washington could face both civil and criminal penalties for a research project [.pdf] in which they snooped on users of the Tor anonymous proxy network. Should federal prosecutors take interest in the project, the researchers could also face up to 5 years in jail for violating the Wiretap Act.

The team of two graduate students and three professors neither sought legal review of the project, nor ran it past the Human Subjects Committee at their university, putting them in a particularly dangerous position.

More here.


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