- Tor Project now accepts donations in nine cryptocurrencies
- These are BTC, ETH, LTC, XMR, XLM, DASH, REP, and ZEC
- The donation webpage, however, asks users to provide their personal details
It seems that the privacy-centric internet browser Tor has jumped on the cryptocurrency bandwagon as according to its official website, the browser now accepts donations in various digital currencies including Augur (REP), Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), DASH, Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), Stellar Lumens (XLM), and Zcash (ZEC).
Crypto Integration Raises Doubts
Privacy and cryptocurrencies have often found themselves meeting each other at crossroads. While some tokens like Bitcoin and Ether are not entirely anonymous, some privacy-centric cryptocurrencies such as Monero and Zcash have come a long way to create their own demand in the fragmented cryptospace.
Now, Tor Project, an internet browser popular for its privacy features has opened its doors for cryptocurrency donations, a development that has turned many heads within the cryptospace. Although this step by the browser is a fairly recent one, skeptics have their suspicions regarding the level of success it might achieve in the future.
We changed how we accept cryptocurrency, and you can now donate a slew of different kinds of coins directly to us. Thank you for the feedback.
— The Tor Project (@torproject) March 22, 2019
Of a truth, in recent times a number of websites and companies have in some capacity attempted to integrate cryptocurrencies into their businesses. However, unfortunately for the crypto industry, these efforts have been very short-lived and haven’t really had much success beyond making the rounds on the internet for a few days post their announcement.
Further, it’s interesting to note that some of the cryptocurrencies integrated by the Tor Project are not exactly privacy-oriented. People looking to financially support an anonymous internet browser that has gained mainstream infamy for its use in accessing the deep web would surely be apprehensive of making donations in cryptocurrencies such as BTC and ETH which can easily be tracked on the blockchain.
It’s also worth highlighting that Tor Project’s donation webpage displays a form which, although not mandatory to fill, asks for people’s personal information. Typically, cryptocurrency users are reluctant about sharing their personal details on the internet; hence, the donation form has certainly raised some eyebrows within the cryptoverse.
Finally, the not-so-subtle association of the Tor Project with the U.S. government has also raised some concerns in recent times. Especially, during a time when net neutrality is a burning topic and has seen Tor lose support from some of its most prominent proponents.