BT want a well in PHORMed society - supported by the Government, BERR and criticism supressed by the Press / TV
It is evident from the BT AGM this week that BT see they have a major source of revenue in allowing PHORM to use their networks to make money by spying on users.
They are also intent on ignoring any criticism.
They also have on board Patricia Hewitt the charmless gauleiter who introduced the world of private medecine to the NHS after 4 years at DTI - who is now cashing in her chips to spend more time with her money after her time as a Government Minister.
Shriti Vadera , Gordon's friend, the shrieking mastermind behind Rail Privatisation , and collapsed tube privatisation , is now a Baroness (she would be unelectable even if she copied Lady Godiva - well especially if she did imitate her) who is the Minister for Business and Competitiveness. She has met BT and there is no doubt given them the dusky thumbs up. see Sunday, July 08, 2007 Where are they Now ? Shriti Vadera, shy unassuming Brown adviser gets the chop Title and sidelined new job
See the detailed report here at dephormation.com and also Spy Blog , ZdNet ,The Register
Critics have alleged that BT conducted trials without customers’ consent in 2006-07.
Mr Patterson said the group had conducted technical trials in that period but had taken legal advice to rule whether it was both ethical and legal. He added that the Information Commissioner had also cleared the technology of breaching data laws." AKA they couldn't give a fuck for the user.
Computer Weekly reported BT presses ahead with behaviour-based ad-serving trials.."BT Retail chief Gavin Patterson said he was thinking of publishing the results of market research that he said showed 96% of consumers were happy with the service.
Patterson said the advertisement serving service, BT Webwise, would deliver only targeted adverts and protect customers against trips to fraudulent websites. He said only customers who opted in to the service would be affected.
Protesters said BT had conducted at least two secret trials, in 2006 and 2007, that involved up to 350,000 customers, a figure BT did not deny at the AGM.
Apart from the FT there is not a traceable news item ***about the use of this invasive, instrusive project which will identity users and their search profile to sell to advertisers, which both Phorm, Carphone Warehouse (talk talk) , Virgin, and BT will profit from.
*** Unless you know better.