My friend and I were talking about Tor in class, and I had my laptop out, running Tor for it's SOCKS proxy to access censored websites. My teacher interjected that I should not use Tor at school because it routes other's traffic through clients so, by me using Tor, I am also routing the traffic of other Tor users.

I am not sure whether or not this is legitimate, and if I should be worried about it.


Tor unlike some other anonymizers does not route the other's traffic through clients at this time, and there is no plan to do so as far as I know in future. You should not worry about this. Anybody, if she desire may run a relay. Relays route the traffic of all clients. Running a relay is voluntery and client are not obligated to run a relay.

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