Taking part in a rather forward-thinking scheme, the Pirate Party UK has been in discussion with a "trusted long-time supporter and member" to launch a new VPN service that the party can openly endorse.
The new service, PRV.IO, will provide market-competitive rates with early sign-ups eligible for a discount. As part of the endorsement arrangement, the Pirate Party is reassured that the service will only ever log and retain the bare minimum required by UK law and, will never voluntarily provide any information to authorities.
The group has also formed an arrangement, whereby, should the service become successful enough, a portion of profits will be granted to the party through a corporate donation, to fund its political activities.
"Pirate Party UK has been in discussion with a trusted long-time supporter and member about setting up a new VPN service dedicated to bringing back some privacy and anonymity to internet use, giving users a valid option to opt-out of Government spying.
We are happy to be able to announce that (given sufficient interest) a new VPN service - PRV.IO - will launch to provide VPN services. This service will launch with market competitive prices and anyone registering now will receive a discount once the service goes live.
We are reassured that this VPN will log only to the extent required by law, and no further. PRV.IO will never voluntarily provide any information to authorities. Given a dynamically-changing IP service model and no connection logs kept, anonymity is maximised to the extent currently possible under UK law."
Given the recent revelation that Ofcom fully intends to move ahead with issuing download warning letters in the post, for users that are 'suspected' of copyright infringement, come 2014, perhaps now is the time for users to re-evaluate their privacy situation.