TalkTalk to defy Government's three strikes
Peter Mandelson has made himself ever so popular with the folks who like free stuff by proposing a three strikes rule. Illegal downloaders don't know whether to worry, laugh, shrug or get cracking with downloading every single recorded sound ever.
Well, flying in the face of it all is TalkTalk who have said that they'll mount a legal action against the government's plan to cut off the internet connections of copyright violators.
Writing on the TalkTalk blog, the company's executive director of strategy and regulation Andrew Heaney said: "The approach is based on the principle of 'guilty until proven innocent' and substitutes proper judicial process for a kangaroo court.
"We know this approach will lead to wrongful accusations. TalkTalk will continue to resist any attempts to make it impose technical measures on its customers unless directed to do so by a court or recognised tribunal.
"In the event we are instructed to impose extra-judicial technical measures we will challenge the instruction in the courts."
One of the big concerns is that this approach from the Government (read: The Man if you're that way inclined) will see an increase of Wi-Fi hacking by people trying get around the measures. TalkTalk even staged a wireless stunt recently to show how easy it is to hack into most wireless networks, even if the user has basic security software enabled.