BT escapes prosecution over web snooping


BT using its Phorm advertising software to monitor what the users of their services where watching and then to tailor advertisements to that viewing habit was always going to be a potential flashpoint in privacy circles.

However it looks as if BT dodges the bullet,

“BT will not be prosecuted for snooping on the web browsing habits of its customers.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped a request bring charges against BT and Phorm – the firm that supplied the monitoring system.

The Webwise software used cookies to track people online and then tailored adverts to the sites they visited.

The CPS explained its decision saying that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a prosecution.

The web tracking trials were carried out in 2006 and involved more than 16,000 BT customers. When the covert trials became public they led to calls for prosecution because BT and partner Phorm did not get the consent of customers beforehand.

This left them open to prosecution under Section 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act which outlaws unlawful interception.”

Read the full article HERE at BBC Technology News.