Sir Tim Berners-Lee tore into deep packet inspection, a way to monitor Internet traffic, as a technique that could compromise "integrity of the internet as a communications medium."
Berners-Lee was speaking in the UK to mark the 20th anniversary of the Web's invention. ZDNet UK reports:
"This is very important to me, as what is at stake is the integrity of the internet as a communications medium. Clearly we must not interfere with the internet, and we must not snoop on the internet. If we snoop on clicks and data, we can find out a lot more information about people than if we listen to their conversations."
Berners-Lee also said that no Internet service provider should use deep packet inspection. He also blasted the UK for not doing more to thwart deep packet inspection.