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Submission + - Home Office asked Phorm for legal advice (

nk497 writes: "Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act have shown that the UK Home Office asked Phorm for help deciding if deep packet inspection behavioural advertising systems — such as, say, Phorm — were indeed legal. After the pair decided changes to an advice document, a government official asked Phorm: "If we agree this, and this becomes our position do you think your clients and their prospective partners will be comforted?"

An opposition MP called the email exchange "bizarre" and suggested the Home Office sought help either because it doesn't understand the technology or because it wants to use it, too."

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Home Office asked Phorm for legal advice

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