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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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EU Commission’s View On Phorm-related Matters

Just in case anyone had hoped that Phorm, illegal use of DPI and privacy issues had dropped off my radar (*waves at all those pro-Phormers out there*), think again.  You’re still on my radar and will be for a long time to come.

Recently members of NoDPI, Privacy International and the Open Rights Group went to Brussels for a meeting with the EU Commission, including Commissioner Vivian Reding.  Remember that it was Commissioner Reding who announced the legal action against the UK “government” for its failure to act properly in enforcing EU directives against BT and Phorm.

The notes from the meeting are posted at NoDPI but some very relevant facts emerged that deserve to be highlighted.

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EU Commission Starts Legal Action Against UK “Government” Over Phorm: Oh Yes!

Commissioner Vivian Reding clearly believes there is a case to investigate and hard questions to answer. It is a savage indictment of the UK “government” that they have not already actedto protect the privacy rights of UK citizens. Take note Stephen Pound MP – your “government” has failed and is now being held accountable by Europe.

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