Zeroknowledge has announced it will shut its anonymous browsing and e-mail service Freedom Network on Oct. 22. Company officials said the move was not related in any way to the recent spate of terrorist activity.
The service is designed for netizens who are hyper-privacy conscious and offers users the ability to move invisibly through the Net.
In a message on its Web site today, the company said: "This decision was not taken lightly. It reflects the ongoing high cost and limited returns of operating the Freedom Network - the engine that drives the encryption and anonymity process."
The company went on to say that customers were increasingly interested in buying out-of-the-box software for firewall protection and password management from Toronto-based Zeroknowledge, rather than the anonymity service.
A company spokesperson said the decision was in no way related to terrorist activity or a concern about the service being used by the wrong people.