[ffii] European Commission net neutrality consultation excludes TOR users

A. Rebentisch arebenti at ffii.org
Tue Jul 24 00:15:44 CEST 2012

[ EU / Blocking / TOR ]
European Commission net neutrality consultation excludes TOR users

Brussels, 23 July 2012 -- The European Commission blocks TOR users' access
to its web site. TOR is an internet anonymisation technology and became
widely popular for its facilitating role in the Arab spring movement.

"This is ironic, the Commission is conducting a public consultation on net
neutrality, and they already censor a part of the internet to access their
site", finds FFII President Benjamin Henrion. He was troubled by the issue
when he tried to access the consultation website from European
Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

"The European Commission is seeking answers to questions on specific
aspects of transparency, traffic management and switching in an Open
Internet", the website says. But TOR users receive a less inviting
message: "Network Error (gateway_error) Server overloaded. The gateway may
be temporarily unavailable, or there could be a network problem."


EU Commission public consultation on "specific aspects of transparency,
traffic management and switching in an Open Internet"

All-in-one TOR Browser:

Earlier reporting: EU sites blocked access by users of anonymizing services

Daten-speicherung.de: EU Commission gives up blocking TOR and VPN services
[corrected 27 March 2012]

Swedish Study: How the great firewall of China is blocking TOR:

Permanent link to this press release:


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