Friday, July 1, 2011

Netherlands Mobile Operators Abuse Privacy with DPI?

 
The story of DPI use in Netherlands by mobile operators is not over. No wonder why operators deploying DPI still want to stay anonymous.

What started as the intention of KPN to surcharge the use of certain data applications (here) using a DPI based system, and quickly turned the Netherlands to be the first European country adopting a Net Neutrality law (here), has taken a new angle.

OPTA, the local communications regulator, says that (I hope I am translating correctly)  "In Mid-2011 it was told that some mobile network providers employ techniques for deep analysis of data packets over their mobile network. These techniques, which are usually referred to as Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), could infringe on the privacy of users of these networks". 

"OPTA has decided to do a "quick scan" among the four largest mobile network operators: KPN, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Tele2  .. OPTA found no evidence that the investigated operators read their subscribers emails, photos or contributions to social networks .. However, OPTA found that the four operators are aware of more information than the information intended for handling of traffic. .. It is possible the confidentiality of communications is at stake"

See "Voorlopige bevindingen OPTA over gebruik Deep Packet Inspection" - here.

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