More on the yet to be proven legal “Webwise” system touted by Phorm from Chris Williams at The Register.
Seems that Phorm’s big cheese, Kent Ertugrul is claiming that his firm’s ISP-level adware system (which has yet to be proven legal under UK and EU law) will “most definitely” be live on the BT internet network by the end of 2009.
Speaking to The Register this afternoon, BT declined to commit to Phorm’s “most definite” deadline. “We’ve made no comment or statement about the timing of implementation,” said BT Group chief press officer Adam Liversage. He said BT was still assessing the findings of the trial, but that it still intends to proceed to full rollout.
Let me get this straight. BT already know about the legal issues surrounding Phorm. After all, they have been forced to admit that they ran secret tests on their customers’ internet usage without the consent of those customers. There is strong legal argument that Phorm’s use of technology in this way is illegal yet BT are still going ahead with the full rollout.
BT ARE WHORING THEIR CUSTOMERS’ INTERNET USAGE INFORMATION TO SOMEONE YOU DO NOT KNOW. ALL OF YOUR FAMILY’S INTERNET USAGE INFORMATION WILL BE RECORDED AND STORED AND CAN BE USED BY ANYONE WHO PAYS ENOUGH TO BT.
If you are a BT Internet customer and you value your privacy and that of your family then leave BT Internet. Insist on a MAC code and move to an ISP which isn’t in bed with Phorm.
Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse (TalkTalk) are also in bed with Phorm. That’s why I dumped Virgin Media.
I’ll say this again loudly and clearly:
Phorm and any company which touts similar technology is a privacy killer. And yet to be proven to be legal under UK or EU law. If QC opinion documents are presented to me along with validation from another, independent QC (along with contact and reference details so I can confirm their validity) then I will be happy to post their contents here and thus revise my opinion re: legality.