20 January 2009

Popular Chinese filtering circumvention tools sell user data

(Berkman Center )
by Hal Roberts. Three of the circumvention tools - DynaWeb FreeGate, GPass, and FirePhoenix - used most widely to get around China's Great Firewall are tracking and selling the individual web browsing histories of their users. Data about aggregate usage of users of the tools is published freely. Aggregate data like this is a terrific resource for those of us interested in researching circumvention tool usage, and not much of a privacy risk for the circumventing users. But the ranking site also advertises a pay service through which you can get not only much more data, but data about individual users.