Phorm back to haunt BT


May 18, 2010

It was back in 2008 when the City of London investigated the secret trials carried out on the BT network using the targeted advertising system, Phorm.

However, after looking into the case the police found no evidence that a crime had been committed due to lack of criminal intent.

However, according to theregister.co.uk the case is about to be reopened and once more BT and Phorm will go under the microscope.

It seems that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is behind the reopening of the case and it has asked the City of London police to assist in the investigation.

Phorm was designed to deliver targeted adverts to users, based on their internet activities but with BT, trials were held in secret without users’ knowledge or consent.






 

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  1. pete says:

    The CoL police confused lack of intent to get caught, with lack of intent.

    BT clearly did intend to conduct covert surveillance/industrial espionage.

    They did not intend to get caught. Hence the ‘stealth trials’ (to use BT’s own words) carried out without the knowledge or consent of the people and businesses who’s communications were intercepted, processed, and sold.

    Stealth because they knew it was illegal, and did not intend to get caught.

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