ITU packet inspection standard raises privacy concerns, says CDT

The standard shows a lack of concern for user privacy and security, according to the organization

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

For example, Germany believes that the ITU-T should not standardize any technical means that would increase the exercise of control over telecommunications content, according to a Word document published on the CEPT website. The CEPT consists of European state telecommunications and postal organizations.

What the ITU's powers should be and if its standards, or recommendations as they are officially called, should in some cases become mandatory will be up for discussion at next week's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) conference in Dubai.

It's not clear whether companies will build new DPI equipment to meet the ITU-T requirements or what further DPI standards the ITU-T will approve, according to CDT. But the standard approved at WTSA provides further evidence of why proposals for mandatory standards should be struck down during WCIT, the CDT said.

The ITU-T did not respond to a request for comment.

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