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Party Politics & Phorm

Gordon Brown’s performance in this morning’s interview with Andrew Marr was pathetic beyond description.  It shows a man losing his grip on power and trying to convince himself, his cabinet, his party and everyone else that things aren’t as bad as they seem to be.  When he started to talk about fairness and responsibility I nearly choked on my tea.

His is the “government” which has done nothing to prevent the illegal interception – without the customer’s knowledge and without due judicial process – of thousands of peoples’ internet communications data by BT and Phorm.  Some would say his government is complicit.  Others might say they are collaborators.  Either way it is his government, civil service, watchdogs, Police and CPS that offered no obstacle to BT and Phorm and refused to enforce the law.

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Secret (And Illegal) Phorm Tests: What Did BT Tell The ICO & When?

I’ve just received an interesting letter from David Hanson MP at the Home Office. He stated ‘British Telecom (BT) conducted secret trials using Phorm technology in 2006 and again in 2007. Those trials were conducted by BT without reference to Government’.

On Monday after the APComms session, Mike Galvin (BT Design Managing Director, 21C Customer Experience) attempted to shout explain to Rob that BT had involved the ICO at every step of the trials of Phorm.

We already know (from earlier FoI requests) that can’t be accurate. ICO claim to have first been advised of the 2006 and 2007 trials in 2008.

And now the Home Office too are stating categorically they were not told about the trials.

So Mike Galvin, if you’re reading this… you could join us and explain?
Did you tell the ICO about the trials in 2006 and 2007?
Did you advise the Government about the trials in 2006 and 2007?

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