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Privacy International Criticises BTs Secret ISP Trials of DPI and Phorm

Posted: 21st Apr, 2009 By: MarkJ
The London-based Privacy International (PI), a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations, has criticised the lack of legal action taken against BT and its secret 2006/2007 trials (without customer consent) of Phorm's Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) advertising system.

The Phorm system works with UK ISPs, such as BT via its WebWise service, to monitor what websites you visit for use in targeted advertising campaigns, though its methods have raised more than a few concerns about invasions of privacy.

The Privacy International Statement said: "Care must be made to educate people with regards to what privacy is and why privacy is so important to quality of life. Whereas the commercial sector need to behave ethically and responsibly, society as a whole need to take more responsibility and care with the way they share their personal data. For this to happen education has to play a key role.

Legal protections with regard to these technologies must be enforced. Where organisations can be shown to have acted unlawfully action must be taken. The lack of action against BT Group in the UK with regard to covert trials of Deep Packet Inspection must never be repeated. Corporations that act unlawfully must be prosecuted.

We call on governments to work on establishing a global standard that promotes opt-in and which outlaws the thousands of rogue companies that exploit personal information without regard to rights.
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The group continued on to warn that online behavioural targeting for commercial advertising using the technology of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) could be a dangerous and potentially unlawful technique. It has also hired the prominent anti-Phorm campaigner, Alexander Hanff (NoDPI), to take the lead for them on these issues.

PI concluded by recommending that organisations not be permitted to adopt opt-out solutions (where you're initially added to the system by default). It also called on governments to legislate in a way that protects the rights of the general public; explicit and informed consent should always be gained first (opt-in).
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