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The European Commission is planning to keep a close watch on Virgin Media's use of web traffic monitoring technology.

According to the regulatory body, it is yet to hear anything from the fibre-optic broadband provider about its planned trial involving technology that will record web usage trends among subscribers.

ZDNet UK reports that Virgin Media wants the technology to highlight how many people are using its network to participate in illegal filesharing activity.

The European Commission told the website: "The commission confirms its commitment to the protection of privacy and security of electronic communications as one of its priorities."

In addition, the regulator claimed it will "closely monitor this case".

A spokesperson for Virgin Media has previous claimed to the Times that the monitoring technology will not allow it to discover the identities of its subscribers involved in illegal filesharing, as it discards IP information that would highlight such details.

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