Holy Bandwidth Batman, have our state legislators lost their mind? Virtual Private Networks are a wonderful technology that allow you to securely telecommute — that is connect to your network at the office, from home.
However, similar my last post and according to SlashDot, it appears lawmakers in Michigan, whom I can only assume are being lobbied at a local level by the recording industry, are now passing laws that would make it illegal to possess, use, etc. “any communication device to receive … any communication service without the express consent or express authorization of the communication service provider” or “to conceal … from any communication service provider … the existence or place of origin or destination of any communication.”
So for those of you in Michigan — as one commet on SlashDot put it:
- Run a proxy server at home and connect to it via ssl so that my employer can’t tell what web pages I visit at work.
- SSH chaining – Use ssh to log into a remote computer and use ssh to log into another computer since this makes both endpoints unaware of the address of the other.
- Use a remailer as a whistleblower. A remailer stips all headers off a message before sending it out to a new specified sender. This provides anonymous mail which is important for people who are afraid of retribution if the note could be traced back.
- Post to slashdot anonymously.
I would add to this list sending encrypted emails to missionaries in countries where Bibles and Christianity are illegal, as well as pastors connecting to the office network from home.