Swedish political movement Pirate Party has launched a new subscription-based service with the technology company Relakks to disguise IP addresses.
The service lets users send and receive data online without fear of being monitored.
The “darknet” gives users a disguised IP address; Relakks puts neutral, Swedish IP addreses on top of existing ones through an encrypted VPN connection.
Although the service costs €5 a month, a part of the fee goes to support the Pirate Party, which is running for office in the Autumn on a platform of only three issues: shared culture, free knowledge, and protected privacy.
Rickard Falkvinge, chairman of the party, said, “If the government can check everything each citizen does, nobody can keep the government in check".
“The right to exchange information in private is fundamental to the democratic society."
“Without a safe and convenient way of accessing the Internet anonymously, this right is rendered null and void.”
Already demand for the service as outstripped Relakks’ expectations, as a note on its webpage says: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the interest in our services".
“Whilst we are extremely happy about this, our vpn-servers aren’t.”
It goes on to say that they hope to sort the problems out soon.