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[News] BT Still in Trouble for Breaking Teh internets; Search Censorship Revisited

  • Subject: [News] BT Still in Trouble for Breaking Teh internets; Search Censorship Revisited
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 13:38:37 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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BT In Trouble Over Secret Behavioral Ad Tests

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| Did BT illegally test a new online advertising system on their customers 
| without consent? That's currently what British prosecutors are trying to 
| determine.  
| BT GroupAll the fuss stems from a document that was leaked back in June which 
| showed that BT had held a two-week test, which involved 18,000 subscribers 
| back in September and October 2006 without them knowing.  


Economic Growth, Censorship, and Search Engines

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| "Popular" web pages tend to appear higher in search results. Censoring a page 
| distorts this popularity contest and can change the order of even unrelated 
| results. As more pages are blocked, the censored view of the web becomes 
| increasingly distorted. As an aside, Ed notes that blocking a page removes 
| more than just the offending material. If censors block Ed's site due to an 
| off-hand comment on Falun Gong, he also loses any influence he has on 
| information security.      



BT Bans Talking About Phorm, Erases Earlier Discussions

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| Is it really so hard to allow open discussion on such a topic? If BT believes
| that it's reasonable to use the technology, then why not explain why clearly,
| responding to the critics? The only reason to erase these discussions is if
| BT knows that what's it's doing is highly questionable, and BT would rather
| not have to explain itself.


British Government Violates Copyright

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| As much as I utterly despise the entire premise of Intellectual Monopoly,
| this is about violating the principles of a Free License, and if it's good
| enough for the British government to violate our civil rights in the name of
| Intellectual Monopoly, then it's good enough for the Free World to protect
| its "property" (in fact Freedom) too…


Bad Phorm: UK Police give green light to Internet spying

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| The email is quoted by El Reg and states that "it has been decided that no
| Criminal Offence has been committed" and there was a "lack of Criminal Intent
| on behalf of BT and Phorm Inc in relation to the tests."
| The best bit, though, is the revelation that BT customers would have given
| implied consent to being spied upon without their knowledge because the aim
| of the tests was to enhance product quality.


Phorm secretly tracked Americans too

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| of British Telecom customers as part of its grand scheme to target online ads
| from inside the world's ISPs, it was "operating a number of public commercial
| services" on various stateside networks.


Spy fear over e-mail check plan

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| Plans to give local councils and other public bodies the power to monitor
| e-mail and internet traffic have been branded a "snoopers' charter".
| The government wants to make it mandatory for phone and internet companies to
| store all information on personal web use for 12 months.


Bad Phorm: EU demands UK Government response on intrusive web ad tracking

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| Controversial behavioral advertising targeting outfit Phorm, whose Webwise ad
| technology monitors user browsing habits to serve appropriate advertising
| messages, might have dragged the UK Government into a slugfest with the
| European Union over a possible breach of strict Euro data laws...


Controversial Ad Network Caught Editing Wikipedia

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| Phorm has been beset by controversy for years over its business model and
| quietly-run trials on British Telecom's (BT) broadband service.

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