Thursday, April 14, 2011
ISP and Operators Take Another Hit on VoIP Blocking
"In view of those characteristics, Advocate General Cruz Villalón considers that the installation of that filtering and blocking system is a restriction on the right to respect for the privacy of communications and the right to protection of personal data, both of which are rights protected under the Charter of Fundamental Rights. By the same token, the deployment of such a system would restrict freedom of information, which is also protected by the Charter of Fundamental Rights."
The text above was extracted from the public document: http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2011-04/cp110037en.pdf
This also mean that VoIP filtering applied by Vodafone and other operators in Europe, is illegal.
The more stupid Operators blocks VoIP more the market drives to an IM based communication, which they cannot block. They are the responsible for sinking their own business due their greed and incapacity of adapting to a new communication era. Innovate or fade.
Operators that blocks, filter or censor rich communication like VoIP and Streaming, they have a much shorter lifespan than you might think.