Archive | November, 2014

LEX Integrity

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. 

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Complaint against Sweden: Receipt from EU

5th of July Foundation has now received a written and signed confirmation that EU has registered our complaint against the Kingdom of Sweden for enforcing data retention, thereby being in breach of The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, articles 7 and 8, ‘Respect for private and family life’ and ‘Protection of personal data’.

Here is the confirmation letter from EU (PDF) with a case number (in Swedish).

Read about our complaint here: We urge EU to act against Sweden’s illegal data retention!

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5July sponsoring Liberty, Privacy and Security around the world

5th of July Foundation uses income from its paid services, like Integrity.st, to pay its technicians, for hardware, and so forth.

Those who use our paid services can rest assured that they do indeed contribute to the causes of the foundation. We are not here to make a profit: Instead we use all incomes and resources to contribute to a better and freer internet.

Sometimes we get requests for help and for obvious reasons we do not publish exactly whom we are helping with what. But this is an authentic request for free Integrity.st accounts that was handed to us via our board member Professor Love Ekenberg, who has wide international contacts.

We were happy to help these university students in a country with restrictions on internet use, and in fact it is our paying customers that makes this possible:

I am sure prof. Ekenberg he has explained to you the difficulty we are having here accessing scientific journals, education materials, and many other resources. He has informed me that you are willing to help us out by setting up and sponsoring some accounts. We are really grateful and appreciate your kind support and generosity. We have about ## PhD and more than ### Masters students. Our financial resources are very limited and your support of some accounts is of immense help. At the same time we don’t want to burden you, so we welcome your help even if it is for a few accounts and we can discuss means to have access for all our students.

Our technicians set up and manage free, public services like our secure chat server. Read about it and follow the instructions here at https://5july.org/jabber/ and start chatting!

5th of July Foundation has recently accepted donations of used hardware from trusted sources, something we appreciate very much. This will make it possible for us to offer more public services. We hope to announce several of those here later.

5th of July Foundation is also proud to provide sponsorships that makes it a little easier for activists to do what they burn for. Our first sponsorship is to give HAX some freedom to be “Your Watchdog on Privacy, Liberty and Human Rights” at https://HAX.5july.org/

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