We wanted a way to: 1. put some of our research into practice and see how it would work; and 2. we wanted to give the control over your information to you, the user, not to have all these companies take it by default. And let you take decisions about do you trust Google, do you trust Amazon, do you trust the BBC, whatever.
In recent years, TOR has been criticised for allowing online black market websites, such as ‘Silk Road’ and ‘Alpha Bay’ to flourish. However, the Tor Project stands by its founding principals:
We believe everyone should be able to explore the internet with privacy. We are the Tor Project, a 501(c)3 US nonprofit. We advance human rights and defend your privacy online through free software and open networks.
Using a Tor Browser gives a person online the best Internet security and privacy available. Further reading about the past, present and future of Tor is at: