Today Bahnhof, the Swedish “Free Speech” Internet carrier, announced that they have a Plan B against what they and this Foundation consider being illegally enforced data retention in Sweden.
Yes, we have developed a service for Bahnhof called LEX Integrity which permits its customers to create a free account and surf via the VPN servers that are owned and managed by 5th of July Foundation.
Bahnhof will have to log data about their clients from November 24, i.e. what IP-address each client on their network is allocated each time the log on.
When a Bahnhof customer wants to surf via our servers they connect via PPTP. We at the foundation have no idea about who these customers are. We do not have any information about them, no name or address. We just check whether this (for us) unknown surfer should be permitted to connect via our servers.
When they surf via LEX Integrity they share IP addresses out towards the Internet. Many users can have the same address at the same time. As a provider of this service we do not have to retain data. Even if we would have to, there would be no useful information to be had from us.
The Foundation uses its own hardware and own technicians. Bahnhof has no access to our machines, they have no way of knowing what their customers are doing after handing them over to our servers.
We hereby invite other ISP:s to use similar bulk services. Please contact the chairman of the 5th of July Foundation for a quote.
We have already been running more advanced VPN services since summer 2013.
The Foundation also runs a free public safe chat server that is open for anyone to use. You and your friends just have to create accounts and start chatting. Please use OTR encryption.