The Return Of Deep Packet Inspection

A couple of companies have started tinkering with deep packet inspection technologies again. Deep packet inspection is a targeting technology that scans data packets for information about what they contain and where they come from.

Companies stopped testing deep packet inspection after several congressional hearings triggered by upset consumers. ISPs attempted to use deep packet inspection to target subscribers with ads that are based on what websites they visited in the past.

Kindsight and Phorm are a couple of companies that have started to redevelop their deep packet inspection platforms again. Kindsight is owned by Alcatel-Lucent SA. Phorm signed deals with two ISPs in Brazil and is looking to expand in South Korea and the U.S.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

The Return Of Deep Packet Inspection Comments

  1. dieinfirebob says:

    No one will want this service.

    It's the equivalent of having someone bug your house phone so that they can tell the telemarketers what to bother you about later. 'hello, my name is Bob. I am from india. I am hearing you are having very much marital troubles. Would you like to purchase some viagra?"

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