The December 2009 deadline for UK officials to respond to the European Commission (EC) about Internet privacy concerns passed with no response, The Register reports. In October, the EC opened a second phase infringement proceeding against the UK for potentially allowing the misuse of deep packet inspection technology, the report states. "People's privacy and the integrity of their personal data in the digital world is not only an important matter, it is a fundamental right, protected by European law," EU telecommunications commissioner Viviane Reding said at that time. The Home Office told The Register that it continues "to engage with the Commission on the issue."
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