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Internet service provider AT&T recently added a new anti-piracy patent which features technology that can detect file-sharers on its own network, assigning risk assessment to users and potentially limiting alleged pirates’ access to file-sharing sites.In the article there is no mention of using VPN services like TorrentPrivacy to keep your ISP from snooping on your file sharing activities though. I would venture to say that if you are using a VPN service you will probably be safe because those tunnels are encrypted which prevents ISP's like AT&T from seeing what you are really doing.
A new patent awarded to the telecom giant’s Intellectual Property division depicts a system that can classify unauthorized file-sharing users, designate them within a “risk category,” and take actions to counter future objectionable behavior.
The patent, titled “Methods, devices and computer program products for regulating network activity using a subscriber scoring system,” seems mostly aimed at combating online piracy - an ongoing target of internet service providers like AT&T, entertainment lobby groups such as the MPAA, and the Obama administration alike.
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