Here we go again - ISP DPI, but is it interception?

Peter Fairbrother zenadsl6186 at
Thu Jul 29 16:29:45 BST 2010

Charles Lindsey wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Jul 2010 18:40:17 +0100, Peter Fairbrother 
> <zenadsl6186 at> wrote:
>> “telecommunications service” means any service that consists in the 
>> provision of access to, and of facilities for making use of, any 
>> telecommunication system (whether or not one provided by the person 
>> providing the service); and
>> “telecommunication system” means any system (including the apparatus 
>> comprised in it) which exists (whether wholly or partly in the United 
>> Kingdom or elsewhere) for the purpose of facilitating the transmission 
>> of communications by any means involving the use of electrical or 
>> electro-magnetic energy.
>> Now I could go into detail about this, yet again, but I've done it 
>> before - so I'll just say that I read that to mean they can only 
>> intercept  for purposes connected to their ability to pass messages.
> So the transmission of communications is not "facilitated" by filtering 
> out the bogus ones?

I don't think TalkTalk will be filtering out bogus transmissions, even 
if their system worked. A bit of malware is not a bogus communication - 
the sender means to send it to the recipient.

>> TalkTalk's actions do not fall under 3(3) because they do not 
>> facilitate the transmission of communications. If it didn't happen 
>> then people would still be able to get web service as normal.
>> Email spam and virus filtering arguably does fall under 3(3), because 
>> if it didn't happen then email would be unuseable.
> Exactly. But are you now arguing that it is perhaps legal to filter 
> email, but it is not legal to filter web sites that purvey malware? 


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