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BitTorrent Inc. and User Privacy

BitTorrent Inc. and User Privacy

Added: Friday, November 1st, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extrattorrent.cc
BitTorrent has presented itself as a forefighter of user privacy, announcing its commitment to keeping people safe from the law enforcements agencies. However, this is only true to some of the newer products of the company, while its flagship apps are a privacy nightmare by design. In addition, the fact that the company refuses to advertise VPN services to their users demonstrates that privacy isn’t always high on the BitTorrent’s agenda.


BitTorrent Inc. suddenly surprised everyone with a brilliant marketing campaign: it put up shocking billboards in 3 major metropolitan areas. One of the billboards read the spooky message “Your Data Should Belong to the NSA”, but in a few days it was updated, striking “The NSA” while adding “You”. The company explained they wanted to wake the public up, alerting them to the fact that people do have the power to take action over the recent gross rights violations.

According to the company, privacy is one of the core values of the service and a means to get away from the surveillance. However, these words can hardly apply to all BitTorrent products. Indeed, regular BitTorrent transfers through uTorrent or other apps lack any form of privacy. As a result, users, sharing files in public, display their IP-addresses to everyone and are tracked by dozens of monitoring entities.

Industry experts have to admit that BitTorrent’s messaging is confusing – while the company released a great Sync app earlier in 2013, allowing users to run a private and secure backup service, the general public still associates BitTorrent with public downloads. However, the billboard campaign and media commentary of BitTorrent didn’t mention this distinction, which is misleading – at least because over 250,000 torrent users have been sued in the United States alone because it’s so easy to monitor file-sharers.

In addition, BitTorrent refused to accept ads from a firm which wanted to offer people a bit more privacy – TorGuard, because it considered VPN-service to be “high risk”. It looked like a rather odd stance for a business which claims to have privacy as one of its core values. Unfortunately, BitTorrent’s privacy principle is only applied selectively.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

November 1st,2013

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Date:  Friday, November 1st, 2013

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-11-01 15:53:56)
No avatarI agree with this, your data belongs to you, as the public users that buys the product from the copyright holders. I must add that BPI.co.uk or .com should not close or block sites in the UK and other places, and other reasons you may add please comment below. BBC network has made this problem by advertest on the web and made it worst.

posted by (2013-11-04 01:51:18)
cggc avatarWhat if people who sees BitTorrent announcement may suggest if BitTorrent are making mockery of the police without thinking if we know that NSA can might bother? Besides maybe starting what even they had not started yet.

posted by Turtle (2013-11-04 11:38:55)
Topsided1 avatarWho watches the the watch dogs....Information on the masses, corrupts massively. Hey #2 cggc, huh? Thinking a degree from Master Yoda University it is you have. lmao

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lovermenSunTurtle (2013-11-04 13:57:14)
Sammy1968 avatarSame old song and dance here. Old news. Our and many more Governments have been spying for longer than anyone can remember. It was so pose to be for the good of the people...but not anymore. And any secrets that are leaked from a-holes like Edward Snowden are just plain old news. Anyone with have a brain could have found out everything he said by looking it up themselves. I'm not going to let any government get me to be paranoid.

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