Hadopi's Secret Internet Spying Spec Leaked

from the now-doesn't-that-make-you-feel-good dept

As a part of France's three strikes law, the organization in charge of implementing the program, Hadopi (which, we should remind you, was caught infringing itself in using a font it did not license for its logo), has been tasked with figuring out a way to actually block people from the internet, or to stop them from using certain file sharing programs. While there were public consultations on how to do this, the actual technical spec was supposed to have been kept secret. Not surprisingly, that didn't last very long. Glyn Moody points us to the news that the tool's spec has leaked. Basically, it's your everyday snooping software, that will monitor all internet traffic, including searching through files on your computer, and checking the router configuration. It will also act as a creepy form of Big Brother, with an alert system which, if it notices you using a file sharing program, says things like: "You are about to download a file using a P2P protocol - do you want to continue?" One hopes that it would include a button that says "Yes, Dammit, I'm Downloading Linux" or something of the sort, but that seems unlikely. The link above also notes that this appears to violate EU law, which prohibits a "general obligation to monitor."

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    Hephaestus (profile), 5 Aug 2010 @ 6:42am

    "The link above also notes that this appears to violate EU law, which prohibits a "general obligation to monitor.""

    About half of whats in ACTA violates EU law. Which it why it is so easy to screw with it. Read a section of ACTA. Read EU law. Contact the correct office via e-mail, express your concerns and ask for clarification, CC a bunch of people in the press, watchdog groups, and rights organizations. Like magic people take notice, and unlike the US people actually do something.

    3 strikes, ISP monitoring of citizens, high fines, disconnection from the internet, criminalization of infringement, searches of iPods and mp3 players, etc, will all be struck down by the EU courts. Agreements to do any of these things between rights holders and ISP's will also be struck down.

    In the beginning the only countries that ACTA will affect are Canada, Australia, America, South Korea, and Mexico. In South Korea, Australia, and Canada the level of internet access and communications will scare politicians into dumping or not enforcing large sections of ACTA. Piss off 80% of the population and you dont get re-elected.

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