On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:04:42PM +0100, Kevanf1 wrote:
hmm, I have read in tonight's paper (Express & Star) that the
are going to have to monitor traffic to known file sharing sites.
This was not expanded upon so I don't know if they mean torrent sites
or some of the web sites with links to sharing servers. Quite how
they would do this is another matter as I suspect the numbers would be
quite high. Not too high for computer monitoring but perhaps too high
for human intervention. So they may well go for the high end users,
to start with. Then the proposal is you get three strikes and after
that the 'entertainment industry' is allowed to request your personal
details and they can have a day or two in court with you :(
This sounds like the Digital Economy Act.
It doesn't include any burden of compelling the ISPs to do
monitoring. It just includes the ability for rights owners to send
infringement notices to your ISP based on *their* detection of you
distributing stuff illegally.
Only ISPs with more than 400,000 subscribers will be affected by
this, which equates to the largest 6 ISPs in the UK. This actually
catches almost 94% of UK Internet users.
If you don't like the sound of it, my best recommendation would be to
write a letter to your MP. Also if you are a customer of one of the
6 largest ISPs in the UK you should move to a smaller one.
O2 (presumably also Be Unlimited)
On the other hand if you really did read something about the ISPs
themselves being compelled to monitor their users, then that is more
like the draft Communications Data Bill, which is not yet law.
Everyone should write to their MP about that one; it's terrifying.
-- No-nonsense VPS hosting