Does the FACEBOOK “Tor Trap” Spy on Users for Governments Worldwide?

Facebook:  They hand over paswords and personal information to governments every day - in secret, without ever telling the target victim that their copyrighted photos and text are being transmitted to a third party
Facebook: They hand over paswords and personal information to governments every day – in secret, without ever telling the target victim that their copyrighted photos and text are being transmitted to a third party

What is Tor?  Tor is a special part of the internet that requires software, known as the Tor Browser bundle, to access it. The name is an acronym for The Onion Router – just as there are many layers to the vegetable, there are many layers of encryption on the network.  It was originally designed by the US Naval Research Laboratory, and continues to receive funding from the US State Department.

Facebook recently set up a special Tor-friendly access portal – allowing ‘anonimized’ users to surf Facebook – however, Facebook still requires users to use their real names, and pop-ups are common which urge users to reveal personal information such as which schools they attend and which Hometown they grew up in…  Critics have said that Facebook are attempting to trick users who use Tor to being identified…

The critics point to the fact that Facebook have been found out manipulating the emotions of users in a sick ‘experiment’.  Just today, the BBC have revealed that governments worldwide have upped the number of requests for personal information held on the Facebook database.  Critics say that Facebook is handing over data to governments, and then trying to whitewash it’s tarnished image by posing legal actions asking for the data to be returned…  Of course, once a government has been given the passwords to a Facebook account, the target person is no longer able to enjoy any kind of privacy…

Your Facebook password, which is created by you, is in fact a copyrighted item and is essentially your property - not the property of Facebook.
Your Facebook password, which is created by you, is in fact a copyrighted item and is essentially your property – not the property of Facebook.

Copyright is Your Gateway to Privacy:

The law is clear on copyright – everything you write and all your photos are your own copyright and no matter what kind of TERMS OF SERVICE are either indirectly or directly agreed to when signing-up for a Social Media Network account, use or transmitting your copyrighted work has to be notified to the original owner, unless a signed ‘release’ of that information has been provided by the originator/owner of the copyrighted work.

Essentially, every snippet of information given by Facebook to governments is a breach of copyright laws.  Estimates on tech blogs say that so far around 250,000 passwords have been handed over by Facebook to government agencies.  Arrests based on Facebook data are hard to quantify – it seems that it is the LOCATION of a target person which is the data which is most keenly sought by investigation and police agencies worldwide.

The anti SOPA demonstrations and anti ACTA protests in recent years play directly into the hands of the Household branded websites who hand over your passwords and use your videos, photos and text to gain audiences which are then ‘monetized’ through selling advertising.  Blogs have published instances where Advertisers on Google and Facebook have not experienced any ‘Boost’ in income nor website hits – and yet their Credit Cards have been billed based on ‘Click Thru’ traffic.  These advertising systems used by the big website operators are all open to CLICK FRAUD in which Advertisers are billed for ‘hits’ or ‘clicks’ which are actually either non-existent, or have been electronically generated using automated ‘Clicker’ apps which are sold on sites such as eBay.  All in all, the public loses out – because the CONTENT which baits and attracts audiences is actually owned by the public themselves, and the Advertising revenues would not exist unless people worldwide uploaded their photos, blogs and video clips.  The top ten websites nearly all use the exact same business model – baiting and urging users to sign up, publish photos and/or videos, and then exploit the popularity of that Content via a largely anonymous self-service Advertising sales system.  

Frankly, nearly every aspect of the business models used by Social Networks violates COPYRIGHT LAW.  And the handing over of Facebook account passwords to largely anonymous government agencies is, in itself, a violation of privacy laws – especially considering that Facebook never notify a user that he or she has been targeted for ‘investigation’.

COPYRIGHT is the right of all humans to protect their personal photos, text and video clips from being exploited without permission - it is a set of international laws and treaties which are the only defence a member of the public has against Facebook and other Social Networks from handing over your data to governments.
COPYRIGHT is the right of all humans to protect their personal photos, text and video clips from being exploited without permission – it is a set of international laws and treaties which are the only defence a member of the public has against Facebook and other Social Networks from handing over your data to governments.

Tor attempts to hide a person’s location and identity by sending data across the internet via a very circuitous route involving several “nodes” – which, in this context, means using volunteers’ PCs and computer servers as connection points.  Encryption applied at each hop along this route makes it very hard to connect a person to any particular activity.

Tor is a network that is meant to anonymises users – however, a simple PACKET SNIFFER placed at the Facebook log-in point to the Tor node will result in an effective gathering of data from Facebook users who definitely consider their copyrighted material and privacy to be paramount.

Tor works by routing internet traffic through several locations – making it hard to track down where the user is browsing from – but a PACKET SNIFFER at the Tor/Facebook log-in node would immediately be able to pinpoint the exact location of the user.  Is this a ‘Tor Trap’?

Computer displaying Facebook in ChinaTor can be used to Holidaymakers often find they must go through additional security steps, such as naming people in pictures, before being able to log-in while abroad – and this is because Facebook is constantly monitoring the geographical location of it’s users.  Why?  Why would it be important for a social befriending network to link geographical information to its users?  Surely you can be a friend with someone on a social network no matter where you live and no matter how much you travel around?  Well, not according to the evidence which has emerged in recent years.  Basically, if you hop around from one country to another, the Facebook system will grade your account as being possibly compromised or ‘suspect’.
The Facebook Meltdown
This situation is further complicated by the fact that governments often have ‘leaky’ data handling and archival methods.  Facebook regularly hand over thousands of account passwords to governments worldwide…  And there are several incidents where sensitive documents which are meant to be ‘Top Secret’ have been found in dumpsters!For example, Zalmay Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, is being investigated for money laundering, and several of his wife’s bank accounts have been frozen when a blogger found confidential documents in a garbage container used by a state prosecutor’s office in Vienna and posted them online. A day later, Austrian magazine Profil reported on the case…  So if a former U.S. ambassador’s personal documents are dumped in public, what safeguards have Facebook demanded that their users’ data is kept securely once it is handed over?  The answer seems to be NONE.  At the moment there is little or no Public Oversight on the handing over of Facebook account passwords and ip location data.

In Idaho, in 2012, Wes Dustin discovered government health records dumped in the trash.  Dustin found seven boxes and a garbage bag packed with children’s medical records from a place called The Children’s Center.  He said “Names, addresses, Social Security numbers, date of birth,” were listed.  He also found billing and payroll information in the boxes.

Just now imagine if the tens of thousands of Facebook passwords and account log-in credentials of users were also dumped in a public place after being handed over secretly by Facebook…  What earthquake magnitude crack in the public’s confidence in Facebook would occur?  It would almost definitely crash their fragile stock market value.

Essentially, the moral of this is that there are already privacy laws and copyright laws in place which are supposedly meant to protect members of the public who have Facebook accounts from being tracked, spied on and targeted by secret investigations.  Those laws are being routinely violated by Social Network entrepreneurs who are keen to keep governments happy whilst they illegally entertain potential CLICK FRAUD on their business models and profit from the exploitation of video clips and photos which are actually not their property.

Ed Snowden is featured in a new documentary TV Special on the ENIGMA CHANNEL.
Ed Snowden is featured in a new documentary TV Special on the ENIGMA CHANNEL.

Additionally, Ed Snowden has exposed that the PRISM app used by the NSA gains ‘backdoor’ access to all users of iTunes, Facebook and other household branded web portals.  THE ENIGMA CHANNEL have produced a TV Special documentary showing how the Social Media networks are in danger of crashing their own share prices by illegally exploiting copyrighted materials, handing over passwords and essentially betraying the confidence of their own audiences.

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