The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has now entered the fray (news passim) over the draft Communications Data Bill (aka the Snooper’s Charter), publishing advice for ordinary users to avoid its worst effects by using free software. The original post helpfully points out that, “Free Software provides several ways with which you can protect your privacy online, regardless of the measures that the Coalition may impose upon you or your telecoms providers”.
The FSFE then goes on to list its 4 steps, as follows:
- Secure browsing using the HTTPS Everywhere browser plug-in (provided you use a decent browser and not IE. Ed.);
- Encrypt your instant messaging with XMPP (also known as Jabber);
- Use a pro-privacy social network such as Diaspora; and
- Encrypt your emails.
We wholeheartedly recommend you read the original article.