12-Apr-2011 18:30

Have BT got away with poor practice... again?

Have BT got away with poor practice..again?

Not only will British Telecom not now be prosecuted for spying on its fixed broadband users, due to a lack of evidence, but it is also unlikely to face further scrutiny over the matter.

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) claims that prosecuting BT and its alleged partner in crime Phorm for collecting data on users’ browsing habits is not ‘in the public interest’ and the CPS is satisfied the pair acted in good faith.

One of the 18,000 users involved called for BT to be prosecuted for trialing the software without subscriber’s consent in 2006.
Partner Phorm developed the software – originally named PageSense, but later called Web Wise - which gathered browser information in a bid to offer targeted advertising.

“At present, the available evidence is insufficient to provide a realistic prospect of conviction,” CPS review lawyer Andrew Hadik explains. “We would only take such a decision if we were satisfied that the broad extent of criminality had been determined and that we could make a fully informed assessment of the public interest.”

The CPS reasons that the courts would apply only a nominal penalty against the firms because they had received legal advice that the unannounced trial would not breach the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000, and halted the trial quickly after discovering that it might.

BT was also let off the hook because the data was not processed by humans and was destroyed after use.

Further claims BT and Phorm broke laws covering unlawful interception of data were also rejected.

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Contributed by SimplyFone Blogger on 13-Apr-2011 11:24

or should I have written 'a greed' :)
Contributed by Steven Healey on 13-Apr-2011 11:23
In a word yes , the fact that they took flawed legal advice and that personal surfing habits were only see by computers is no defense
Contributed by Melanie Martin on 12-Apr-2011 19:26
I have left BT, they made my life hell, constantly slowing down our internet.

Both me and my husband are heavy users, uploading and downloading huge files for business use. And no matter how often I explained that it DID not matter.

Melanie Martin
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