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US mulls stiffer sentences for common Net proxies


US mulls stiffer sentences for common Net proxies

"Proxy" servers are an everyday part of Internet surfing. But using one in a crime could soon lead to more time in the clink...

"Even if someone did use a technology that made law enforcement's life harder, and even if they did have criminal intent, technologically it may not be sophisticated at all," Seth Schoen, staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on online free speech and privacy. The EFF also helped fund development of the Tor anonymity proxy service.

"They're proposing to make a kind of judgment that this is something unusual or remarkable, which just doesn't match my experience with the technology. This is an everyday technology."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Associated Press
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