UK Liberty

Bad phorm

Posted in relates to ordinary people, rule of law, surveillance society by ukliberty on October 29, 2009

The Register:

The UK government today came a step closer to international embarrassment over its failure to act against BT and Phorm for their secret trials of mass internet snooping technology. The European Commission said it had moved to the second stage of infringement proceedings after the trials, revealed by The Register, exposed failings in the UK’s implementation of privacy laws.

BT and Phorm intercepted and profiled the web browsing of tens of thousands of broadband subscribers without their consent in trials in 2006 and 2007.

The furore generated by the scandal forced Phorm to withdraw from the UK market, but police and the Information Commissioner’s Office both declined to take any action against the firms.

The provisions of the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications that prohibit “unlawful interception and surveillance without the user’s consent” had not been properly brought into UK law, the Commission said. …

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