In the midst of the coverage of the Digital Economy Bill, I linked to a consultation over the exact system that according to The Register Virgin Media has just run against some 40% of their subscribers.
There are several things about which to be concerned here. First is that Virgin Media didn’t notify any of the affected customers. They claim they are
seeking to measure the overall level of illegal filesharing, not to keep records on individual customers. Data on the level of copyright infringement will be aggregated and anonymised.
Anonymized and aggregated until the Digital Economy Bill is actually passed, according to a quote later in the article. Virgin Media is also making some noises about using the tool to better understand the opportunities for their future digital content offerings. I think they should drop the coy act, there are better ways to understand your customers than deploying deep packet inspection without their knowledge.