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Drafting Spies

The company that provides your phone service should listen in on all calls going in or out of your phone to make sure nothing illegal is being discussed.

As much as the vice president might like that, most people would object loudly if such a plan was actually proposed.

Well, the head of the MPAA, the lobbying organization for many media companies, says that your internet service provider should inspect every packet of information you send or receive to discover if their materials are being passed around.

Glickman also held out the hope that filtering technology would quickly be adopted by many more ISPs. “The ISP community is going to be at the forefront of this in the future because they have everything to lose and nothing to gain by not seeing that the content is being properly protected,” he said, “and I think that’s a great opportunity.” It’s not the first time he’s asked ISPs to do more.

AT&T is dancing to the MPAA’s tune having announced last June that they were working on software to monitor content traveling across their network. Even if you’re not their customer, that could include your traffic.

However, in this situation the MPAA is actually doing more than “hope”. They are throwing money at Congress critters to try and purchase laws requiring that ISPs go along with his plan.

mpaa, spying, isp, copyright

1 Comment

  1. diane

    How awful…sounds like FOIL at school.

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