Funny, I don't remember ordering that Javascript

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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Rogers, a Canadian ISP, is testing out a little something from PerfTech; who are specialists at web marketing.  Currently Rogers is injecting Javascript directly into their users browser as a way to display nastygrams about account usage.  As Ars Technica points out, this is an incredibly small step away from delivering ads straight to you, or removing content they don't want making it to you.  The Canadian version of the DMCA may have been withdrawn earlier this week, but we are still innovating ways to degrade end user's experience.

"Lauren Weinstein, the co-founder of a net neutrality advocacy group called People for Internet Responsibility (PFIR), has

published an example of one of the notices that Rogers has begun embedding in web pages. The notice informs users when

they are close to reaching their monthly bandwidth cap. According to Weinstein, Rogers is using software created by

in-browser marketing firm PerfTech, which can easily be used for more odious endeavors. Rogers uses the software to modify

web pages as they are being transmitted, adding JavaScript code that causes the notice to display.

"While Rogers' current planned use for this Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and modification system (reportedly manufactured

by 'In-Browser Marketing' firm 'PerfTech') is for account status messages, it's obvious that commercial ISP content and

ads (beyond the ISP logos already displayed) would be trivial to introduce through this mechanism," wrote Weinstein."

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Source: Ars Technica
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