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Phorm For Phones 2: EE & Ipsos Mori Updated

An article in today’s Sunday Times, highlighted by SpyBlog and Ben Goldacre has revealed what the Sunday Times describes as the “discreet monitoring” or “snoop(ing) on the habits of millions of EE phone customers” as they came out of London’s Oxford Circus station. In other words, EE were monitoring and recording the actions of their customers and giving the data to Ipsos Mori in what is, no doubt a potentially very profitable enterprise.

Ipsos Mori was delighted with the results. In a deal with EE — Britain’s biggest mobile phone company, formed in 2010 from a merger between Orange and T-Mobile — the polling firm had purchased the exclusive use of the phone data and the test run in central London had shown its potential.

There are some serious echoes of Phorm here.

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Twitter Cans UK SMS

Twitter has suddenly canned its “UK” based SMS number thus cutting off its UK and many international users from receiving updates. This story is now getting wider coverage as the day goes on.  TechCrunch has a good report on it.  Hardly surprising that a lot of UK and Australian Twitter users in particular are not impressed.

This isn’t the first time Twitter has hit issues with its “UK” based SMS number (more of that anon) and it has had plenty of performance hits and downtime issues. Diesel Sweeties recently produced a comic strip reflecting this (slightly NSFW).

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