Extension on public consultation on DPI

| 14/08/2009

(CNS): In response to a request from the private sector, the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) has given stakeholders more time to give input on a public consultation document, “A Policy for Deep Packet Inspection and Similar Technologies”. The original closing date of 28 August has now been extended to 29 September. However, internet service providers (ISPs) must still respond to questions put to them in the document by the original date of 28 August 2009, ICTA Managing Director David Archbold said in a release.

The public consultation was launched on 28 July 2009 (See Public consultation on potentially invasive technology. Following the request for a one-month deadline extension, the ICTA determined that responses by the ISPs regarding their current use of DPI, planned future use, and whether they currently use traffic management technology that control customer bandwidth, and a detailed description of the ISP’s internet traffic management policies (25 a-d) should still be made by the original date of 28 August.

Responses to the questions (25 e-g) for all other stakeholders, including the general public, as well as any other general comments, may be submitted up to 28 September 2009.

The release said that this revised timetable would allow stakeholder more time to consult and prepare responses, whilst also giving the ICTA timely information on the current and planned status of deep packet inspection and similar technologies in the Cayman Islands. It also will permit the authority to seek any necessary clarifications of service providers’ responses to questions prior to the closure of the more general comment period. It is hoped that this will allow the authority to more rapidly reach a determination than would be the case if all deadlines were to be extended.

The document can be downloaded from the ICTA website.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Deep Packet Inspection – this is really, really bad for the Cayman Islands. Please don’t let LIME try and trick the people of Cayman into getting this through under darkness. There is not one single benefit for the consumer, but it basically allows the ISPs to "read" the content of your Internet traffic (e-mail, browsing, voice conversations – everything). This could be worse than being on the "grey list" given that not all business would be aware of DPI and the impact. The major worries are that DPI can be used for censorship, survelliance and target advertising. Survelliance (or corporate espionage) is a major risk as well as government (US, UK or otherwise) instrusions. Tell your friends to make a noise….


    PS> They could even use this to track anonymouse postings on CNS


    • Dennie Warren Jr. says:
      I agree this is really bad news! It would certainly change the meaning of “anonymous” on CNS for sure or any other use of the internet by any person communicating with or within the Cayman Islands.  I ask every person to please tell the ICTA to reject Deep Packet Inspection.