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
    tony, 20 Mar 2008 @ 3:39pm

    Re: Just one legal (untested) view

    hi comms team

    Just a point for you to remember.

    Telling the same lie over and over again, does not make it true

    The the Home Office advice was not legal opinion, it was advice from civel servents. Thy have been know to be wrong in the past.

    20/80 thinking, well we all know you lied about that one... PI anyone.

    Ernst & Young, not it people or legal people. did teh assesment under American, not UK law.

    The ICO.. Only recieved paers a few weeks ago you you can not have been in talks with them.

    I could go on, but the spin is making me dizzy

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