[AfrICANN-discuss] ITU Approves Deep Packet Inspection Standard
Behind Closed Doors, Ignores Huge Privacy Implications
Jean Robert Hountomey
jrhountomey at gmail.com
Thu Dec 6 13:19:47 SAST 2012
by Glyn Moody
ITU Approves Deep Packet Inspection Standard Behind Closed Doors,
Ignores Huge Privacy Implications from the and-they-want-us-to-trust-them?
Techdirt has run a number of articles about the ITU's World Conference
on International Telecommunications (WCIT) currently taking place in
Dubai. One of the concerns is that decisions taken there may make the
Internet less a medium that can be used to enhance personal freedom than
a tool for state surveillance and oppression.
Against that background, a story published by the Center for Democracy &
Technology about the ITU's work in the area of standards takes on an
The telecommunications standards arm of the U.N. has quietly endorsed
the standardization of technologies that could give governments and
companies the ability to sift through all of an Internet user's traffic
-- including emails, banking transactions, and voice calls -- without
adequate privacy safeguards. The move suggests that some governments
hope for a world where even encrypted communications may not be safe
from prying eyes.
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