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.
We all know how important data privacy is and more so as we are now using computing and the internet more and more to do banking, social networking, shopping e.t.c
Jan 28th is Data Privacy Day
“Data Privacy Day is an international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information. In this networked world, in which we are thoroughly digitized, with our identities, locations, actions, purchases, associations, movements, and histories stored as so many bits and bytes, we have to ask – who is collecting all of this – what are they doing with it – with whom are they sharing it? Most of all, individuals are asking ‘How can I protect my information from being misused?’ These are reasonable questions to ask – we should all want to know the answers.”
Some good links to other sites and guides on the above site, the Cisco one HERE is a good basic one to help novice and new users to the internet and I know many PC savvy users help teach users in the basics to get them active on the internet, so this is a good guide to hand out letting them know some of the jargon and what it means.
A lot of other good links and downloadable guides also.
I think personally that Facebook had no choice other than to reverse this decision to allow external websites and companies to see users addresses and phone numbers, with the amount of junk texts and mail you get these days, this would have just added to the numbers in a massive way.
“Facebook appears to have U-turned on plans to allow external websites to see users’ addresses and mobile phone numbers.
Security experts pointed out that such a system would be ripe for exploitation from rogue app developers.”
I agree with the quote above from BBC Technology news in that this would be exploited and may have been a bit of a death nail for Facebook as more and more computer and internet users are now aware of protecting their privacy online and not to give out too much personal information.
Rest of article at BBC Technology news HERE
Steps to control the information you share on Facebook HERE