BT escapes prosecution over Phorm web snooping

BT will not be prosecuted for snooping on the web browsing habits of its customers.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped a request bring charges against BT and Phorm – the firm that supplied the monitoring system.The Webwise software used cookies to track people online and then tailored adverts to the sites they visited.
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BT and Phorm will not face prosecution for trials of technology that secretly intercepted and profiled the broadband traffic of tens of thousands of people, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.There was insufficient evidence to begin a prosecution under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which makes interception of communications an offence except in special circumstances, the CPS said. prosecution will be brought against Phorm and BT for breaching privacy laws
The crown prosecution service (CPS) has said there is not enough evidence to bring a case against a software company accused of breaching data protection laws.Phorm provoked controversy when it trialled a targeted-ad system through internet service provider BT. The trial, which took place in 2006, was conducted without the knowledge or permission of 18,000 BT customers. It monitored web activity to match adverts to users’ perceived interests.

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