BT and Phorm avoid prosecution despite spying on everyone

12 April 2011

bt-logoThe kind, wise folk at the Crown Prosecution Service has, in their infinite wisdom, decided against prosecuting BT and Phorm over the shadowy, secret trial of the online behavioural marketing tool that installed cookies on browsers without the consent of users.

That's nice isn't it?

The CPS couldn't see enough evidence to prosecute despite claims made by privacy groups that the ISP and the often controversial marketing company had actually violated EU privacy laws.

If you missed the story way back in 2006, BT and Phorm joined forces and installed browser cookies without asking you if that was okay. Around 18,000 users were affected in the UK, prompting anger from privacy groups.

Basically, Phorm's technology helped BT to track users' online activities and behaviours, which allowed advertisers to serve behaviour-based advertisements straight into your web-addled brain.

The CPS claim that a prosecution wasn't in public interest and that BT had stopped tracking users when it received warnings regarding the technology.

“At present, the available evidence is insufficient to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. In the vast majority of cases, we would only decide whether to prosecute after the investigation had been completed and after all the likely evidence had been reviewed,” the CPS said.


TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy

1 comment

  • Brad
    Yeah I can see their point, Ive just printed aload of fake bank notes up and ill stop using them when ive received a warning about it. In other words The CPS dont really understand "komputers" and its all abit complicated, so we wont bother.

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