We reported last year on Virgin Media’s deal with Detica to use its CView technology to analyse P2P traffic on its network. Now the deal is coming under fire from consumer rights group Privacy International, which is challenging the legality of the software. “Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) intercepting communications is a criminal offence regardless of what you do with the data,” says its head of ethical networks Alexander Hanff. Virgin Media has confirmed it plans to monitor Gnutella, eDonkey and BitTorrent traffic, but denies it’s illegal. “CView works at a core-network level, and simply analyses, entirely anonymously, the percentage of data that flows across the network that is copyrighted and being shared unlawfully,” says a spokesperson. “At no point will we collect or share customer data as part of this trial.” Source: Guardian
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