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Deep packet inspection’ could become the target of legislation

Deep packet inspection’ could become the target of legislation

The two biggest threats to Internet users’ privacy, from the point of view of Rep. Rick Boucher (D – Va.), come from behavioral advertising technology and from deep packet inspection (DPI) — the ability for an ISP to scan the contents of IP packets, and make determinations as to their handling based on those contents. But the specter of another company using both of these technologies together, like liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, spelled out a more explosive danger. Chairing hearings of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet yesterday, Rep. Boucher made that clear:

“What services that consumers consider essential to the safe and efficient functioning of the Internet are advanced by DPI?” asked Boucher during his opening remarks yesterday. “Since the death of NebuAd’s DPI-based behavioral advertising service last year, are other companies using DPI to deliver behavioral advertising? What, if any, safeguards are in place to ensure that consumers are giving meaningful consent to the tracking of their activities on the Internet?”


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