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Gov't Will Not Prosecute BT and Phorm

DATA PRIVACY—UK

April 13, 2011

Privacy advocates are expressing frustration after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announcement that it will not prosecute BT and Phorm for tracking consumers online, The Guardian reports. The CPS launched an investigation after allegations that BT partnered with Phorm to place cookies on BT users' browsers without consent and used data on Web activity for behavioral targeting purposes. CPS has concluded that there is not sufficient evidence to prosecute under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. The Home Office has published changes to RIPA that it says will close loopholes in UK privacy law and prevent similar incidents in the future.
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