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Summary: Tor is stifled by complications associated with UEFI lock-in, which limits what can run on computers and lets companies/governments control computers remotely
Now that privacy is a hot subject, with a lot of people’s ‘paranoia’ confirmed to have been justified, there are many vigilant citizens or businesspeople who turn to privacy-respecting services, some of which, like secure E-mail companies in the US, shut down due to bullying from their government (Mega has a new services like that in New Zealand). We have just found out that EFI is impeding Tails development. For the uninitiated, Tails is a distribution of Debian GNU/Linux with Tor in it. Unlike Windows bundles [1, 2], this one is secure.
According to this new video, Jacob Appelbaum, a prominent Tor developer, confirms that EFI (and by extension UEFI) weakens user control. Towards the end of this new talk he speaks “garbage EFI stuff that’s force down our throats.”