This past March The Pirate Bay announced it was getting ready to launch a VPN service of sorts called IPREDator that would enable file-sharers to download content without leaving a data trail. The service was scheduled to go live back in April, but apparently suffered some setbacks – not the least of which are the millions of dollars in fines and possibly a year in prison for each of the site’s operators. Regardless, plans are indeed moving forward, with the service now available to 3,000 testers and another 180,000 in the queue.
The IPREDator Global Anonymity Service, which costs €5 (around $7) a month, is aimed at the Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) that went into effect this past April, empowering copyright owners to acquire data from ISPs identifying people linked to file sharing. Although traditional VPN services already offer some level of anonymity, IPREDATOR promises it will not even keep network records, meaning there is no point in collection agencies pressuring them to hand over customer data.