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[News] BT Attacks Freedom of Speech While Intruding People's Packets

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BT silences customers over Phorm

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| BT has banned all future discussion of Phorm and its "WebWise" targeted 
| advertising product on its customer forums, and deleted all past threads 
| about the controversy dating back to February.  
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/19/bt_phorm_censor/

Will Mark put it in the digest? :-)


Recent:

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.
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20759/1054/


Police close file on BT's trials

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| The City of London Police have said there will be no formal investigation of
| BT over its secret trials of an ad monitoring system.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7634210.stm


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.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/13/phorm_us_tests/


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.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7557963.stm


Home Office questioned over Phorm

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| Critics have asked why the Home Office has not intervened over secret Phorm
| trials BT conducted in 2006 and 2007.
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The EU has asked the UK government to clarify the situation.


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

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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...
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19884/1054/


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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http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/04/08/controversial-ad-network-caught-editing-wikipedia
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