Jan 262010
 
 January 26, 2010  Non-U.S., Online

Virgin Media may have to put its plans to trial a tool that can monitor illegal file-sharing over the Internet on hold, after the European Commission said it would investigate the legality of the software.

It was last November when Virgin Media broke ranks with its fellow service providers and said that it was trialling new technology from data collection specialist Detica, which would allow it to monitor file sharing over the Internet.

The government outlined its plans to cut off illegal file-sharers in the Queen’s Speech last year, with its Digital Economy Bill, which gives Lord Mandelson the ability to get tough on file-sharing. But the government’s clamp down has not gone down well with the UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), as well as ISP TalkTalk.

And now it seems that the EU is to investigate Detica’s CView software, following a complaint from Privacy International.

Read more on eWeek Europe.

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