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Top 10 Privacy Beefs, MPs To Probe ISP Snooping & Throttling

VNUnet has an interesting article, Top 10 Privacy Beefs.

Crank up the Led Zeppelin classic Whole Lotta Love (used to be the countdown music on Top Of The Pops for anyone under 25 who hasn’t got a clue what I’m on about.  It’s on my playlist and air guitars are not compulsory *smile*) because here they are…

Phorm is featured twice.  Straight in at number 1 is Phorm itself.  Then coming in first wicket down (that’s number 3 for the non cricketers out there) is Phorm’s previous regeneration, 121 Media.  That’s what Phorm’s name used to be.

On top of that and the earlier kerfuffle and denials from Phorm that Virgin Media are thinking about disassociating themselves from Phorm comes the very overdue news that the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Communication has today launched an investigation into the use of snooping technology by ISPs.

Given the failure of the UK “government” and the ICO to act promptly and decisively against Phorm and BT over the secret testing, there’s going to be a lot of material for the Committee members to consider.

The APComms website says

On 22nd April 2009, apComms launched an inquiry into Internet Traffic. For details on responding please email admin [at] apcomms.org.uk

I have already e-mailed asking for details on the inquiry and how to respond.

I can’t help but wonder if this sudden activity has anything to do with the European Commission taking legal action against the UK “government”?

Cynical?  Moi?  Damn right.  As your friend and mine Mr Shaw said

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”

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