EC involved in Virgin Media packet inspection controversy

Darren Allan

January 27, 2010

Virgin Media’s plans to use deep packet inspection (DPI) technology have come under fire from privacy advocates.

Although the company hasn’t used DPI yet, it is planning trials of the tech, which can monitor what its customers are downloading, and sniff out how much illegal file-sharing is going on.

Watchdog body Privacy International has contacted and enlisted the help of the European Commission to ensure that Virgin Media isn’t breaking UK law with its file monitoring activities.

For its part, the European Commission says that it will be closely monitoring what happens.

According to IT Pro, a Virgin Media spokesperson said the firm was already in a dialogue with the EC over the issue.

They said that the packet inspection will analyse traffic data as a whole, anonymously, so individual illegal downloaders won’t be identified.


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