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Deep-Packet Inspection: Resources for the Analysis of Privacy Implications in Canada

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University of Victoria




This project was designed to draw together resources about deep packet inspection (DPI) in Canada so that citizens, regulators, advocates, and businesses could have a common resource of information about these practices.

The project was successful in drawing together news articles, academic papers, public regulatory documents, government websites, and other DPI sources to create a centralized repository of information about this technology. It also incorporates an interactive system that identifies the Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the user, and provides concise information about that ISP’s uses of DPI.

While ISPs could hypothetically use the technology for advertising, data mining, and copyright enforcement, none has so far done so, so far as the researchers could determine, and none publicly stated that they have such intentions.

Moving forward, the website created by the researchers will continue to provide regular updates about deep packet inspection in Canada and in the broader international context, as well as to offer monthly essays for the foreseeable future. The technical infrastructure that was developed has been released to the developer community so that interested parties around the world can replicate the project in their regions.

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OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

Contact Information

University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2

Tel: (250) 721-7211
Fax: (250) 721-7212

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