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Verizon’s “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Measures Unveiled

Filed under: General, News — Charlie Summers @ 6:25 pm

From TorrentFreak: Verizon’s “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Measures Unveiled

From the article: “While none of the participating ISPs have officially announced how they will handle repeat infringers, TorrentFreak has obtained a copy of Verizon’s full policy. Among other things, offenders will have to watch a video about the consequences of online piracy, before their speeds are reduced to 256kbps. Also worth mentioning is that the copyright alert system will also apply to business customers.”

While I admit articles from this website tend to be not-terribly-balanced (personally, I really enjoy the wildly-hyperbolic comments that every post regarding copyright is certain to generate), it is important that everyone in the United States who receives Internet access from any of the “big-5″ understand what they are up to…monitoring, or more accurately allowing a third-party, MarkMonitor, to monitor all of your Internet traffic. This is abhorrent to me, and frankly calls into question the ISP’s standing as a “common carrier.”

I am working on a piece for this blog that explains why not just filesharers, but everyone should carefully consider purchasing and using a VPN, Virtual Private Network, to prevent MarkMonitor and Verizon from monitoring your email, web browsing, and other Internet traffic. I already have one, because I believe it is no business of Verizon or MarkMonitor what I transfer to and from this server, for example…I am now retrieving my email over an encrypted connection from London, or Toronto, or even Romania, for heaven’s sake. Just because you have nothing to hide doesn’t mean you want everyone knowing everything about you, you know.

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