Editor’s Note: This past week, we counted several vendors publishing articles touting how their deep packet inspection is the latest and best. And then there is this…
Berners-Lee says no to internet ‘snooping’
The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has attacked deep packet inspection, a technique used to monitor traffic on the internet and other communications networks.
Speaking at a House of Lords event to mark the 20th anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web, Berners-Lee said that deep packet inspection (DPI) was the electronic equivalent of opening people’s mail.
We can understand how DPI devices are attractive as they do provide visibility into what is going on in your network. We also understand that the intent of most network administrators is to keep their network running smoothly by making tough calls on what types of traffic to allow on their wires. But, while DPI is perhaps not exactly the same as reading private mail, as Mr Berners-Lee claims, where should one draw the line ?
We personally believe that the DPI line is one that should be avoided, if at all possible. And, our behavior-based shaping allows you to shape traffic without looking at data. Therefore, effective network optimization doesn’t have to come at the expense of user privacy.