Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Nov 2011 11:15 UTC
Legal While the US is still pondering SOPA, we just got some absolutely fantastic news out of Europe. The European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, has just ruled that P2P filters installed by ISPs violate the European Directive on electronic commerce as well as fundamental rights [full ruling]. This is a hugely important ruling that effectively protects all member states of the European Union from ever being subjected to ISP filtering and spying.
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RE[3]: Comment by Laurence
by static666 on Fri 25th Nov 2011 12:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
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Deep packet filtering? Really?

I'm always amused by this corporate gibberish. Cisco, Juniper and other network vendors are just looking forward to big profits from a complete internets overhaul. And goverments are buying into that because of lack of expertise and basic understanding. The only practical way to filter atm is L3-L4, DNS or routing blackholes. Which can easily be defeated by using standard P2P or SSL. State-of-the-art L7 filtering by Cisco and others is so naive, as to filter only plain unobfuscated bittorrent and old crap no one uses anymore (Gnutella, Napster, etc.)

I doubt true deep packet filtering as in what they want it to be (not what it really is) can really happen anytime soon, especially with the current developments of tens-of-Gb scale optical access networks.

Good thing EU guys are sensible enough.

Edited 2011-11-25 12:12 UTC

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