AT&T Considering Online Filtering

Companies may seek out and block transfers of copyrighted material
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 6:40 AM CST
AT&T is discussing content filtering methods with companies such as NBC and Microsoft.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – AT&T and several partners are considering means of implementing network filtering technology that would block the transfer of copyrighted media, according to a recent panel at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. The technology would allow an ISP to continuously scan for material that appears to be copyrighted. Privacy groups have long expressed concern regarding such methods of data surveillance.

“Whatever we do has to pass muster with consumers and with policy standards. There is going to be a spotlight on it,” commented an AT&T executive. “We’ve got to figure out a friendly way to do it, there’s no doubt about it.”