I’m sure almost you all used BitTorrent programs to download something from the Internet. A film, a MP3 song or album, a cracked software etc. But you can use your BitTorrent for legal activities as well like downloading a legit software or an update.
It’s sufficient the fact you are using the BitTorrent technology (at home or office) and you could be monitored. It seems everyone is using and downloading via BitTorrent is discovered and tracked within 3 hours. There is a research presented by School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK.
Researchers monitored the top 100 most popular products shared over BitTorrent and discovered there are different organizations involved in monitoring and tracking the BitTorrent networks. For each user downloading something from there , at least 10 organizations watch over.
What they claim?
“Someone who downloads a single movie will be logged as well”
“If the content was in the top 100 it was monitored within hours”
“Someone will notice and it will be recorded.”
In other words: if you download even a single movie, you are tracked and monitored. That’s quite impressive if you think how many organizations are involved in these activities. But the bad part is you may be monitored even if you download a legit item via BitTorrent.
It seems there is a huge monitoring mechanism up and running. They are logging and reporting information but we can’t know what they do with all the details they are getting. Only the future could give us the right answers. Anyway it’s not sure about the details, how they are logging, and if their data can be used to claim you are downloading something not legal. Ex: in the EU is not legal monitoring user activities unless there are legal authorities involved.
What to say: if you download software or movies via BitTorrent, you know you can be monitored and tracked. If you use BitTorrent legally you shouldn’t be worried about. We would like to hear from you, leave a comment below and tell us what do you think. Thank you.