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February 9, 2009

BBC caught snooping on users


by David Allen

The BBC may have problems internally with how its staff members are behaving, but that is nothing to the impending backlash from the news that details about visitors to the BBC’s websites have been sent to a US based marketing firm.

This practice has now stopped, but previously the BBC were sending data collected from cookies dropped on the bbc.co.uk website to Visual Sciences, a company owned by online marketing company Omniture.

This has come to light through postings on the No Deep Packet Inspection NoDPI forum, where one member found that the information being passed onto Omniture by the BBC included IP address, country, post code, dates and times the site was visited, the news stories read and details of every news video clip watched.

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