Readers may remember I’ve written about Phorm previously and how this company has signed agreements with 3 major UK ISPs to use customers’ web browsing activity for targeted advertising purposes. There are a number of people who believe that, as presented, the use of customers’ data in this way breaches the Data Protection Act and RIPA legislation. There are a number of people who challenge Phorm’s claims that their system takes no personally identifiable data.
The Register has already pressured BT into admitting that it lied when questioned over what seemed to be unusual activity encountered by users.
Now The Register has seen documents which confirm that a secret trial of the Phorm technology took place without customers’ consent between 23rd September 2006 and 6th Otober 2006.