MOZILLA used Data Privacy Day to remind everyone how committed it is to the idea of data privacy, and cemented this perception with a donation to the Tor network, the poster child for the privacy and security aware.
Data Privacy Day saw everyone, even the NSA, comment on the importance of assured and secured communications, and Mozilla played its own role in a decent manner.
A blog post from the firm says that it is glad to assist and pleased to further the work of the anonymising system by enabling 12 relay networks that can be used to ensure uptime and spare incidents relating to maintenance or failure.
Mozilla is donating spare and decommissioned hardware, including Juniper EX4200 switches and three HP SL170zG6 systems to Tor. It expects the system to work well.
"We chose to make use of our spare and decommissioned hardware. The current design is fully redundant. This allows us to complete maintenance or have node failure without impacting 100 percent of traffic," Mozilla said.
"The worst case scenario is a 50 percent loss of capacity. The design also allows us to easily add more servers in the event we need more capacity, with no anticipated impact."
The move is part of the Polaris Privacy Initiative that Mozilla launched last year, when the firm said that it was backing user-led privacy control for the internet.
"The Tor Project is excited to join Mozilla as a launch partner in the Polaris programme. We look forward to working together on privacy technology, open standards, and future product collaborations," said Andrew Lewman of the Tor Project.
Mozilla launched the middle relay nodes in mid-January as a proof of concept. Tor, of course, is based on Mozilla's Firefox browser. µ
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