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CIPPIC Files Privacy Complaint Over DPI 21

Posted by timothy
from the show-us-your-packets dept.
dj_yaz writes "A group of University Of Ottawa law students who deal with online privacy issues last week filed a complaint with Canada's Privacy Commissioner about Bell Canada's use of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to monitor internet subscribers' online activities without their knowledge or consent."
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CIPPIC Files Privacy Complaint Over DPI

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  • by gstoddart (321705) on Tuesday May 13, 2008 @12:41PM (#23392290) Homepage

    I think we need to start planing for an Alternate Network other than the Internet.

    It would have to be WiMax-based (or better) to handle the traffic.

    But, ultimately, all of those packets have to travel over one of the backbones.

    I fail to see how having a separate front-end access point could eliminate this problem. Surely you aren't proposing a completely separate networking infrastructure which would never travel over the same fibers as they do now -- that would likely be a very difficult thing to do, wouldn't it?

    You still need routing to the rest of the internet. A completely separate network would be kind of useless.

    Cheers
  • by pla (258480) on Tuesday May 13, 2008 @02:09PM (#23393472) Journal
    I think we need to start planing for an Alternate Network other than the Internet.

    We already have one, just with really high latency: Large external HDDs.

    And I don't mean that as a joke. It takes way too much time (after, for example, a major crash) to redownload hundreds of gigs of music, (*cough*porn*cough*), and movies. Easy solution? Give your friends a copy now, and pay them a visit when you need to "restore from backup" later.


    Incidentally, for all their bluster about P2P, what I just described really terrifies the **AA... Not only do they have no ability to track it, but you can copy their entire catalog in a few hours (or less). Compared to that threat, a few low-quality leaks of Madonna's latest cry for attention pales in comparison.

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