Internet entities involved in violating personal privacy by using ‘Deep Packet Inspection‘ (DPI) to determine the nature of data being used by unsuspecting internet users. The information obtained without the consent of the user may be collected for intelligence, advertising, copyright infringement, and other uses. "pickpackets" is the online equivalent of "pickpockets".
The Motion Picture Industry Association of America (MPIAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are prime examples of pickpackets as they use Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to gain information from user peer to peer traffic (P2P) concerning suspected infringement of copyright material.
by stevenjames June 30, 2008