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European Commission Takes Action Against UK, Deep Packet Inspection

The European Commission announced that the UK government has failed to comply with Europe's ePrivacy Directive and Data Protection Directive. European laws state that EU countries must ensure the confidentiality of electronic communications by prohibiting unlawful interception and surveillance. The EC statement specifically cited unlawful interception under the UK Regulation of Information Powers Act. This marks the second phase of an infringement proceeding that was filed earlier this year against the UK. The case follows complaints about the use of Phorm's Deep Packet Inspection technology. For more information, see EPIC Deep Packet Inspection and Privacy and Human Rights Report.

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