Virgin Spies Invade British Homes

Richard Branson and  Dita Von-Teese launches Virgin Media at Convent Garden Market on February 8, 2007 in London, England. Branson will spend the day in a perspex box being visited by celebrities and with only virgin media to entertain him. At its launch today Virgin Media will become the largest Virgin branded company in the world as well as a new force in British media, entertainment and communications.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dita Von-Teese;Richard Branson

Over on BoingBoing there is word on the ever-increasing invasions of privacy being perpetrated on the now guilty-until-constantly-proven-innocent UK internet users:

Virgin Media — the UK’s largest cable-modem provider — has decided that it will spy on its users to protect the record industry. It is sending out letters to thousands of customers warning them that infringement has been detected on their network connections (Virgin customers who leave their WiFi open — as I did, when I had their cable-modem service — will be collateral damage in this fight).”

As Cory points out, this is not something they are doing because the government says they have to – although their are elements lobbying the government to take this step – they’re doing it to appease large music labels.

Hey, wait, isn’t Virgin Media also a large music label…?

(Image by Getty Images via Daylife)

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