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UK—No prosecution for BT and Phorm; Home Office proposes RIPA amendments

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has refused consent to prosecute British Telecom (BT) and Phorm, Inc. over “secret” trials of Phorm’s behavioural targeting technology on BT’s ISP customers. In 2006, BT and Phorm conducted trials of Phorm’s behavioural targeting technology on about 18,000 BT customers without their knowledge. Through the use of deep packet inspection techniques, Phorm collected information on Internet users’ browsing habits and used this to serve targeted adverts.

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