Questions Raised Over Phorm's Legality As BT Admits It Tested The Service Secretly

from the transparency,-transparency,-tranparency dept

While Phorm has gone on a charm offensive to try to convince people that its efforts are not as bad as some are making them out to be (including, by the way, using my post as a de facto forum), it appears that the effort still isn't convincing skeptics. Tim Berners-Lee made some news last week for suggesting he would switch ISPs if his started using a service like Phorm, but the bigger backlash may be coming from the legal arena. First, there was the news that BT (who had originally denied this) tested Phorm's technology, without letting users know, last summer. That has resulted in some people threatening a lawsuit. And, speaking of lawsuits, a bunch of scholars and think tankers are pointing out that Phorm may actually be illegal based on current UK laws, if it's used without first getting users to "opt-in."

Filed Under: clickstream data, tim berners-lee, uk, user tracking
Companies: bt, phorm


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Mar 2008 @ 6:36pm

    Above the law

    If things with BT in GB are anything like they are with AT&T in the US then BT is essentially above the law anyway so it doesn't matter if it was legal or not.

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