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Submission + - Complaint to FSA on Phorm's statements to market (nodpi.org)

AlexanderHanff writes: "NoDPI have sent a letter of complaint to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) regarding Phorm Inc.'s statements to the press and market news services regarding support of legal compliance from various UK Government Departments and Regulators.

Phorm claim that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the Home Office and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR or BERR) have all cleared Phorm's WebWise technology as being fully compliant under UK and EU Law.

This is contrary to action taken by the European Commission earlier this week, who have initiated legal proceedings against the UK Government specifically for failing to uphold and enforce EU Privacy Directives regarding Phorm's covert trials with BT in 2006/2007.

Furthermore, NoDPI have produced statements from DBERR, ICO and the Home Office which contradict Phorm's statements to the press and market news services this week.

NoDPI are calling for the FSA to investigate whether or not Phorm's statements to the market can be seen as breaking the rules of trading as they are misleading and could even be interpretted as fraudulant."


Submission + - UK Claims Link Between Child Porn and Terrorism (timesonline.co.uk) 3

Brian Ribbon writes: "The Times reports claims made by government officials and security services, regarding an alleged correlation between the use of indecent images and terrorist activity. According to the article, "secret coded messages are being embedded into child pornographic images, and paedophile websites are being exploited as a secure way of passing information between terrorists" and "it is not clear whether the terrorists were more interested in the material for personal gratification or were drawn to child porn networks as a secure means of sending messages." The correlation is likely to be false; under UK law, nude photographs of all minors — including those who are over the age of consent — are illegal, so it's not surprising that many people (including terrorists) are found to have illegal material when their computers are searched. In reality, this story is probably just a poor attempt to justify the government's proposed big brother database."

Submission + - LugRadio Live UK 2008 (lugradio.org)

RonWellsted writes: "LugRadio Live UK 2008
The Lighthouse Media Center, Fryer St., Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT

LugRadio Live UK 2008, the most popular community Open Source event in
the UK takes place in Wolverhampton on the 19th and 20th July 2008 and
features three stages full of 25+ speakers including Chris DiBona
(Google), Max Spevack (Red Hat), Steve Lamb (Microsoft), Robert Collins
(Canonical), Benjamin Otte (GNOME), Rob McQueen (Collabora), Edward Hervey
(Collabora Multimedia), James Hooker, Kevin Sandom, Barbie
(MessageLabs), Daniel James, Emma Jane Hogbin, Bruno Bord, Ben Thorp,
Rufus Pollock (FFFI) Sam Birchall, John Carr, William J Giddings and
many more...

In addition to this the show will feature over 20 exhibitors, special
debate sessions, the legendary Gong-a-thong Lightbulb Talk
Extravaganza (read: a series of small talk chaired by a man in a very
small pair of pants and a very large gong — not to be missed!),
parties on the Friday and Saturday evenings and much, much more.

All of this is just GBP 5, and there are even a raft of hotel deals
available to make your trip simple and cost effective. Head over to
www.lugradio.org/live to find out more."

Feed The Register: London hospital loses 20,000 unencrypted patient files (theregister.com)

'Nobody expects thieves to break into locked drawers'

Providing proof, if it were needed, that every single piece of personal data in the UK has now been lost - probably several times over, by multiple corporations and government offices - news has just broken of another theft of laptops crammed with easily accessed info. This time the there-but-for-the-grace-of-god bonehead users were hospital staff at St George's hospital in Tooting.

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Submission + - UK ISP Consumers Suffering from Phorm-aphobia (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark.JUK writes: "The latest survey of over 1090 ISPreview.co.uk readers, an independent UK information and review site covering broadband Internet Service Providers, has revealed that 57% of people would leave their current ISP if it adopted the controversial Phorm advertising system. Phorm is currently working with several ISPs, including BT, TalkTalk (The Carphone Warehouse) and Virgin Media, to develop a system that anonymously monitors the websites you visit. The information gathered is then used to develop targeted advertising campaigns.

Unfortunately this method has lead to many people likening the system to Spyware and questioning its legality. The situation hasn't been helped by BTs decision to run two secret trials of Phorm on its customers, without their consent, during 2006 and again in 2007. Mark Jackson, Editor-in-Chief of ISPreview.co.uk, said, "Consumers are sending a clear message to ISPs that they don't want Phorm and are even prepared to leave if it is forced upon them, regardless of whether the provider is offering an opt-in solution or not. It looks like Phorm will never be acceptable to the majority, no matter how the pr is spun." Read More."

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