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Re: packet inspection and privacy
- From: batz
- Date: Mon Jun 24 14:19:44 2002
On Mon, 24 Jun 2002, Mark Kent wrote:
:I recently claimed that, in the USA, there is a law that prohibits an
:ISP from inspecting packets in a telecommunications network for
:anything other than traffic statistics or debugging.
A similar sentiment was expressed in a presentation at a conference
recently by a lawyer, in regards to Canadian law. He(?) suggested
that IDS in its current form contravened data interception laws, and
maybe some labour laws, I can't remember off hand.
Also, debugging and meta-data (mail and packet headers) may be
an exception, but only because of of a possible interpretation of this
meta-data as equivalent to a postal address or or phone caller information.
This may ultimately be the correct interpretation, but it will depend on
the influence of the person whose opinion it is. :) It doesn't matter
whether you or I think that packet instpection is a legitimate form of
network debugging. It matters whether a judge does.
Or maybe in this case, a lawyer.