Twitter is lively with reports that Nick Clegg has confirmed the Snoopers’ Charter will not be in the Queen’s Speech. Furthermore Clegg himself has blocked the Communications Data Bill.
Big Brother Watch carries a report here.
I don’t know how they do it but discredited snooping company Phorm has managed to stave off going under.
It bemuses me how people can invest in companies which have yet to turn a profit, yet to pay a dividend and been unethical in their previous conduct.
Leopards and snooping companies do not change their spots.
There’s quite a bit about Phorm on this blog. If you are new to this company, please acquaint yourselves with its product and methods by reading my posts about Phorm. And please do go and watch some very interesting videos about Phorm from an open meeting. I never saw if official videos from that meeting were ever made available by Phorm or the organisers, 80/20 Thinking.
Does anyone know if they were? Was video footage takne? Was it vetoed? Or is that something else that Phorm failed to deliver, just like the legal advice confirming their product was legal in the UK.
I’m still waiting for that Kent. Remember?
Today’s piece by Tony Parsons in the Mirror may come across as a reasonable plea. I’m sure that every newspaper has had its good campaigns over the years. Newspapers may well have embarrassed MPs, public servants and high flying businessmen. (Though let’s be honest, the only time I’m interested in who a politician or public servant is having sex with is when they are a hypocrite. A typical example is the committed voice against equal marriage who is discovered to be having carnal pleasures which demonstrate their hypocrisy. I don’t care if people are polyamorous, kinky, asexual or any other label provided that they are not hypocrites.)
But newspapers have also harrassed, demeaned and offended innocent people who have committed no crime. Newspapers have hacked into the voicemails of politicians, sportspeople and anyone who found themselves in the spotlight, propragating the vile myth of “celebrity gossip”.
Newspapers should have spent their time and resources investigating the corruption in and obscene wasting of money by local councils. That’s where the real stories are. Newspapers could have been forces for good in the community. But they haven’t been.
The total lack of ethics of the tabloid press and the repeated gutlessness of the Press Complaints Commission in refusing to properly police newspapers’ conduct was going to have consequences sooner or later. That has now come to pass. Jane Fae writes how this is the fault of the press themselves. It isn’t rocket science to see why.
The Independent reports today that shareholders in Phorm
were left reeling after shares in the online ad targeting specialist more than halved… Its remaining investors were checking out of the stock – it sank more than 57 per cent, or 8.88p, to 6.62p
Is Phorm phinally phacing its phinish? I do hope so.
TorrentFreak reports some very good news if, like me, you believe that the so-called speculative invoicing (aka bullying innocent people) trade is unethical and wrong.
According to a document seen by TorrentFreak, both ACS:Law and their copyright troll client MediaCAT have just completely shut down their businesses.