A week after Seattle police searched the home of two well-known privacy activists for child porn and found nothing, it is being questioned why the department didn’t include a very important piece of information to obtain the warrant; that the activists operated a Tor node out of their apartment, in order to help internet users all over the world browse anonymously.
“You knew about the Tor node,” cybersecurity consultant and co- founder of Seattle’s Center for Open Policing Eric Rachner said to the police department on Twitter. “But didn’t mention it in the warrant application. Y’all pulled a fast one on the judge…you knew the uploader could have been literally anyone in the world.”
At 6 a.m. on March 30th, Seattle police showed up at the Queen Ann apartment f Jan Bultmann and David Robinson with a search warrant to search they’re residence for child porn. They didn’t find anything. Bultmann and Robinson are both board members of the Seattle Privacy Coalition, were released after being held in a van, but said they were shaken up and upset.
“They wasted their time, they frightened us, they cost us money, and they violated our constitutional rights, and it was all needless…This