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Arne Bolen
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Re: Regarding latest update

said by docbill:

I tend to use my vpn for many reasons, none of which are illegal. I believe some level of anonymity is needed to protect democracy. The government should not be able to tap my phone line, e-mail, or web browsing without a warrant. Otherwise, it will be almost impossible to ever successfully stage a protest against bad laws, organize strikes, etc. Even if I'm doing none of those things, by preserving my anonymity I make it harder for the government to track down those who are engaging in activities that help protect democracy.

 
Using a VPN provider, with or without a dynamic IP address, will not give you anymore anonymity than your home ISP.

A VPN provider is equal to an Internet Service Provider. The only difference is that with a VPN provider you are not bound by the distance to the provider's equipment.

If the government want to tap your phone line, e-mail, or web browsing without a warrant they can do that easily with your VPN provider. In that regard there are no practical differences compared to your ordinary ISP.

The only anonymity you may preserve with using a VPN provider is towards some websites collecting commercial stats. But as such tracking mostly use cookies instead of IP addresses you are not better off using a VPN provider. You can just disable cookies instead.
 
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Your mistake of course is in assuming my VPN provider is the same legal jurisdiction as my ISP. The Canadian laws that will requiring logging e-mail, online chat, etc will only apply to the Canadian ISP's. My contract with my VPN provider stipulates they WILL NOT even log the dynamic IP address mapping, let alone details about the connections. So the Canadian government will not have legal authority to demand details about my connections without a warrant in my VPN providers jurisdiction. Even then, there will be no details to turn over. The best they could do is get a warrant to force future monitoring of my traffic. So I probably would not be safe performing criminal activity, but I should be fairly safe from fishing expeditions through my life.

You are right of course cookies are a huge security problem. Even bigger than actual authenticated logins. There are steps which one can take to limit this effect, but in truth no matter what steps you take http traffic is never secure, and https traffic is only somewhat secure. The main thing I want to avoid is if for example I connect to a Canadian website to do a tax return, is that does not leak enough information to trace my connections to other courtries. I have not found a fool proof way to do that yet, only ways to make it more difficult.

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