A Fine Gael politician from Limerick, a mister called Patrick O’ Donovan, wants a craicdown on open saucy internet browsers which can be tweaked to allow anonymous browsing.
Deputy O’Donovan has written to the Oireachtas Communications Committee, of which he is a member, asking it to investigate tougher controls on the use of open source internet browsers which allow users to remain anonymous in the illegal trade of drugs, weapons and pornography.
He claimed that there was an online black market which protects the users’ anonymity and operates across borders with open source internet browers and payments systems which allow users to remain anonymous.
This operates as an online supermarket for illegal goods such as drugs, weapons and pornography, where it is extremely difficult to trace the identity of the buyers.
If his committee does not take him seriously then he will raise the matter in the Dáil with both the Ministers for Justice and Communications. He wants to see if he can get the EU on his side.
O’Donovan claimed that coppers in the United States have recently taken action to address this problem, however it appears the solution was temporary, as replacement browsers quickly appeared to ensure the continuance of the illegal trades.
Of course, the fact that the Americans with their super surveillance gear could not get it working, should not put off the Irish. After all, it must be possible to stop people downloading a file off the interwebs if the government tells you that you cannot.
He thinks that enhanced international co-operation and engagement will tackle the problem. Bless.