[NetBehaviour] EU Commission moves against UK Government and Phorm.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Apr 20 14:36:40 CEST 2009
EU Commission moves against UK Government and Phorm.
The EU Commission has launched proceedings against the UK concerning
Phorm, the intrusive behavioural advertising system. Campaigners,
including Open Rights Group, have long argued Phorm is a gross invasion
of internet users’ privacy because it illegally intercepts confidential
material. Now that high-profile website operators are lining up to
oppose Phorm, these proceedings seem to be the fatal blow for the system.
Following our call for intervention, the EU has implicitly recognised
the system involves unlawful interception because it does not obtain
permission from both the user and the website owner. The UK authorities
consistently deny this claim, although its unclear precisely which part
of Government is responsible for enforcing related legislation.
Fortunately, the EU has also expressed concerns with procedure, which
should ensure similar technologies receive proper scrutiny in future.
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