ITU approves standardize Internet packet inspection
In recent days we discussed the meeting held behind closed doors the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency that regulates international telecommunications. The itu is composed of representatives of Governments of the world, and one of the biggest fears is that decisions are made that allow governments to monitor and censor citizens , restricting the possibilities of freedom that currently delivers network.
Well, today has appeared information about the ITU approved standardization of technologies handed over to governments and businesses the ability to inspect Internet traffic, including email, banking or phone calls, without worrying about the necessary privacy restrictions. According to the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), this “suggests that some governments hope to create a world where even encrypted communications are not secure watchful eyes.”
The Y.2770 standard was dubbed “Requirements for deep packet inspection (deep packet inspection) in next generation networks”, and seeks to create an international standard for packet inspection, or specify the technologies that can be used to spy on people.
“It is not entirely clear under what circumstances the ISPs will have access to the keys (encryption), but in any case the very notion of deciphering a user traffic (very possibly against their will) is unethical for most rules policies and laws concerning the privacy of communications, “the CDT.
One of the main criticisms of the WCIT conference bringing together the ITU, is that everything is done in private and no transparency about the decisions made. Thus no surprise that such an agreement has been negotiated without disclosing any draft to the public.
Several organizations that set standards on the web, as IETF and W3C have concerns about the privacy of users by technical issues, taking a position opposite to what appears to be doing the ITU, which virtually ignores the ethical and privacy involving traffic inspection, and the risks and how to mitigate this system.
Link: Adoption of Traffic Sniffing standard WCIT fans flames (Center for Democracy and Technology)Tags: Governments, Internet, itu, Regulation, UN, WCIT