AT&T Attempting to Put an End to Privacy with Innovative Patterns
Once more AT&T has managed to draw attention to its innovative patterns, which now aim at minimizing the negative effects of online piracy. Since the Internet provider has been experiencing bandwidth issues due to the heavy traffic related to piracy, they have found it fit to do everything within their powers so as to solve the problem emerging.
So, with their new patent they have successfully been able to start monitoring such suspicious uploading and downloading attempts on behalf of several Internet users and they have initiated a method against those who are considered to be “risk class”.
In other words, AT&T will monitor the Internet users and see whether or not their bandwidth use is significantly high due to such copyrighted content file sharing. If so, they will have the opportunity to inform the user of his classification and consequently block him of using specific websites and platforms (BitTorrent, per say). They will also have the chance to limit his monthly usage of bandwidth.
As you can imagine, grave concern has been raised due to this new patent. Although AT&T has justified its actions by claiming that the bandwidth loss has been tremendous and that such file sharing options decrease the overall quality of services provided, it is now evident that pirates and all those in favour of the free distribution of files and content online will be in a difficult position over time.
If you add to that all the legal issues that come up due to copyright restricted content and the ability to track down anyone who makes use of such practices, wouldn’t you agree that VPN is now even more essential than ever? Of course, it is not yet certain if online piracy can be prevented (and eliminated, eventually) through such patterns, but it is better to be safe than sorry, as our ancestors most prophetically used to say.