Hello everyone! I am currently in the midst of writing my dissertation for the SAFE Wiki project and in a small section I am discussing user privacy.
The privacy of users is something that has been on my mind and I would like to start a discussion with you all to hear your insights and comments. As far as I understand it, user privacy is a feature of the network. Through Routing/Crust, the only nodes that ever receive your IP address are the
Proxy Nodes. Deeper into the network, all
vaults know is the XOR Address of the account accessing/maipulating the data. Please correct me if I am wrong.
This abstraction does provide some level of privacy to a user. However, if you manage to link an XOR Account Address with an IP address (through malware or a Proxy Node acting as a ‘bad party’ etc) then I assume anonymity of that individual starts to break down. Now obviously through the use of a VPN or similar service their ‘real’ IP address could be obfuscated, for the casual user though this wouldn’t be the case.
With that in mind, has there been any ideas thrown around on how this could be addressed? My gut feeling is that some level of integrating with Tor could be used to mitigate this. Or perhaps could Tor’s system of onion routing be baked into the
Proxy Nodes themselves? Having this be a feature (or at least an option) for people to use could help increase the utility of the network.