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Deep Packet Inspection Standards Raise Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY

November 30, 2012

The United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union has approved a deep packet inspection (DPI) standard that is raising privacy and security concerns, IDG News Service reports. The Center for Democracy & Technology’s (CDT) website says the standard—known as the “Requirements for Deep Packet Inspection in Next Generation Networks,” or Y.2770”—“could give governments and companies the ability to sift through all of an Internet user’s traffic—including e-mails, banking transactions and voice calls—without adequate privacy safeguards.” CDT Chief Computer Scientist Alissa Cooper said, “There is a general lack of attention to design considerations we think are important to Internet users, namely privacy and security. Obviously DPI has the potential to be an extremely invasive technology."
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