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March 18, 2008

Government advised Phorm is illegal


by David Allen
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Government advised Phorm is illegal<br />

With BT, Talk Talk and Virgin Media planning to implement the ad targeting software Phorm, this has created a wave of concerns from broadband subscribers who have even set up a Downing Street petition. Which at the moment has over ten thousand signatures on it, which just goes to show the amount of internet users who are against this system being used by their ISP’s.

To make things worse a government advisory group The Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) has looked into the whole issue and have written to the Information Commissioner stating that they believe that the Phorm system of targeted advertising is illegal.

The problem lies with the consent, yes a user can opt out, but it would be more preferable if the user had to opt in. But this consent may not be enough as the FIPR feel that not only would they need explicit consent from the user, they would also need consent from the hosting companies too and from individuals who send the user email messages. But BT is claims that user consent is sufficient.

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    Comment by abdel — March 21, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

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