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BT Closes Custom ADSL Checker
By: MarkJ - 15 August, 2003 (8:06 AM)

BT has forced a Suffolk software developer, Dan Lane, to shut down his 'custom' broadband ADSL availability checker because it breached the Data Protection Act (DPA):

Although based on BT's own ADSL availability checker, Dan Lane's line checker was able to provide more technical data after he obtained information he claims is freely available from some ISPs. BT disputes this, claiming the information was "published in error by one of our resellers".

BT wrote to Mr Lane calling on him to stop making the information available, alleging that his checker was in breach of section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998, which "makes it an offence knowingly to obtain or disclose personal data".

Mr Lane's access has now been blocked and thus the checker is no longer functional. More @ The Register.

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