The names and bank details of European donors to the anonymous browser Tor and its associated operating system Tails are now with the German Federal police after coordinated raids on four homes and a lawyers office in Dresden.
German police produced a warrant to investigate the privacy activist group RiseUp after a left-wing blog called “Krawalltouristen” (ruckus tourists) used their anonymous email and VPN services to organise a protest of the far-right AfD party. Police were supposedly concerned that the protest could become violent.
However, police ultimately raided a separate organisation called Zwiebelfreunde under the auspices of a ‘tenuous’ financial link to RiseUp: a pretty vast overreach that enabled them to seize documentation from a range of internet privacy projects.
Zwiebelfreunde also handle European donations to Tor and Tails – the world’s largest anonymous browser and its sister operating system – and a blog post on the Tor website confirmed all their documentation relating to European donations was seized.
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