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AntiPhormLite: Your Protection from Phorm

A privacy group recently launched a software application that would create irrelevant data to cover a use’s surfing habits and protect him/her from Phorm.

A privacy group called the AntiPhorm group has released a new software application called AntiPhormLite that will make the data collected by the Phorm advertising service from a user’s computer a worthless collection of numbers.

This group describes itself as ‘a loose conglomeration of concerned individuals comprised of artists, programmers, and designers’ who want to protect a user’s privacy and prevent ISPs from making a profit out of their user’s personal Internet surfing habits.

The website of the group claims that the increase in the data mining, user profiling, logging of a user’s surfing habits on the global scale is a matter of immediate concern.

In order to substantiate their point, the members of the group said that BT expects to make itself an additional $170 million every year just by harvesting the information that a user’s divulges every time he/she surfs the Internet.

The AntiPhorm software that the group has developed would simply sit around in the background and visit random websites; this, in turn, would create background noise that would cover the user’s real interests and surfing habits.

BT, Virgin and Carphone Warehouse have all been link to the controversial data-harvesting scheme.

You can follow our coverage of Phorm here.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.