Opened 12 months ago

Last modified 11 months ago

#27078 new enhancement

Tor Browser: workaround for EU GDPR blockage

Reported by: pabs Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
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Description

A number of websites are blocking all visitors from the EU due to the new GDPR laws:

https://data.verifiedjoseph.com/dataset/websites-not-available-eu-gdpr

Since a significant number of Tor exit nodes are located in the EU, visiting those websites is going to get a lot harder for Tor Browser users.

The blockages are mostly in the HTML layer so they will be hard to automatically detect.

Some possible workarounds:

  • A Tor Browser menu option for users to select non-EU exit node regions
  • Improve the Tor exit node analysis to take into account per-domain blockage based on exit node location

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Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 12 months ago by ProTipGuyFWIWWeLoveARMA

Well if website owners decide to block EU and some exit is in the EU and the page loads up some error, I don't see where the problem is from the browser side. It's working as intended.

comment:2 Changed 11 months ago by pabs

The issue is on the user side rather than on the browser side.

They were expecting to visit a website anonymously but instead got the website self-censoring itself.

Or they are from the EU and were using the Tor Browser to workaround the website self-censorship encountered from another browser and were hoping to bypass that self-censorship but just encountered more self-censorship and probably have no idea how to get a non-EU exit.

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