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BT Could Face Prosecution Following Phorm Fiasco

A legal action seems inevitable after BT’s confirmation that they had actually used data from their web users without their explicit consent to test the information gathering tool Phorm.

Earlier in the week, WikiLeaks website revealed the details of the plot to the public.

Around thirty thousand users were involved in the test and none of them were informed that their personal data is under surveillance.

Such a move is against the laws of data protection as stated in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 where permission is needed from the users to study their data.

BT was going through its user’s traffic to check for keywords and then serving them with advertisements related to the keywords.

In its defense BT stated that is consulted with its legal advisors before setting up the trial.

However, BT users are appalled by BT’s blatant disregard for user privacy.

Nevertheless, BT is happy that during the run only a few people realized what was going on and that a new completely invisible system will be conceived soon

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 ITProPortal.com 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.