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American ISPs to launch massive copyright spying scheme on July 12

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American ISPs to launch massive copyright spying scheme on July 12

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:14 EDT
If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you.

Specifically, they’re coming for you on Thursday, July 12.

That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.

Word of the start date has been largely kept secret since ISPs announced their plans last June. The deal was brokered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and coordinated by the Obama Administration. The same groups have weighed in heavily on controversial Internet policies around the world, with similar facilitation by the Obama’s Administration’s State Department.

The July 12 date was revealed by the RIAA’s CEO and top lobbyist, Cary Sherman, during a publishers’ conference on Wednesday in New York, according to technology publication CNet.

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  • Jackson88 March 15, 2012, 7:43 pm

    I don’t pirate copyrighted material intentionally, but I’d sure like to find a work-around to the spying ISP’s.

    • akentrepreneur March 16, 2012, 9:38 pm

      The privacy rights that we are supposedly afforded in life don’t translate to our online lives. When we send a letter we have a reasonable expectation of privacy. The letter will arrive at its destination, unopened. Sadly, this is not the case online. Most traffic sent over the Internet is plain text, and even that which is encrypted with SSL is susceptible to a trusted man in the middle interception.

      With this being said, there are ways to protect your internet privacy. You can prevent ISP’s from spying on your traffic by using an encrypted tunnel such as hushtunnel.com

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