[Wiltshire] Re: Wiltshire Digest, Vol 13, Issue 4

Andrew Carter cygnuslodge at btinternet.com
Sat May 31 12:53:28 BST 2008

For those that are interested there are quite a few things you can to to 
protect yourself against phorm, see here


and here,


There are also lots of plugins for Firefox you can use such as Addblock Plus 
and Google Search bar tool, which will help protect you. Also there are a 
number of petitions and one at 10 Downing Street you can sign up to. But 
protest for sure.


On Saturday 31 May 2008 12:15:11 wiltshire-request at mailman.lug.org.uk wrote:
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> From: "Ciemon Dunville" <ciemon at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Wiltshire] Fwd: Press Release - Prostesters to Picket
> 	Shareholders	at BT PLC AGM
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>  ----- Forwarded message from S0107981 at Cumbria.ac.uk -----
>  To: admin at lug.org.uk
>  From: S0107981 at Cumbria.ac.uk
>  Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 23:23:56 +0100
>  Cc:
>  Subject: [admin] [Feedback] Press Release - Prostesters to Picket
>         Shareholders at BT PLC AGM
>  Alexander Hanff sent a message using the contact form at
>  http://lug.org.uk/contact.
>  I know this is not Linux related, but I am a long term and well known
> Linux user here in the UK so I thought maybe you guys could support me by
> posting this out to your lists and newsletters:
>  Press Release - Immediate Release
>  Protesters to Picket shareholders at BT PLC Annual General Meeting - 16th
>  July 2008
>  On 16th July 2008 there will be a full day protest against the use of Deep
>  Packet Inspection for the purpose of behavioural profiling.  The event
> will focus on the plans by BT PLC, Virgin Media and Car Phone Warehouse to
> introduce deep packet inspection technologies through exclusive contracts
> with Phorm Inc.
>  Since Phorm issued a press release on 14th February 2008 regarding these
>  exclusive contracts there has been a storm of outrage amongst the public,
>  leading academics, privacy advocates, Members of Parliament, Members of
> the European Parliament, Peers in the House of Lords and the industry as
> whole. The technology has been called illegal by Foundation for Information
> Policy Research, which was recently supported by a statement from the
> European Commission.
>  As a result of the negative publicity generated over the past 3 months
>  Phorm Inc.'s share price has plummeted by approx 70% and continues to
>  struggle to develop confidence from investors.
>  In 2006/2007 BT PLC have admitted to running covert trials of the
>  technology without first obtaining the consent from customers required by
>  EU and UK Data Protection and Communications regulations, directives and
>  legislation.  However, to date neither the Information Commissioner nor
> the Secretary of State have held BT PLC to account for these allegedly
> illegal actions.
>  Therefore, the growing public campaign to seek justice for the victims of
>  these covert trials and the wider mission of stopping the technology from
>  being deployed, has led to an organised one day protest in London, UK.
>  There is expected to be a significant press and media presence at the
> event which will begin at the Barbican Centre, continue on to BT Centre
> (BT's corporate HQ) and finally end with a march on to Charing Cross
> Metropolitan Police Station in the early evening.  On arrival at the
> Metropolitan Police station a full case file with witness testimonies and
> supporting evidence, along with a petition demanding a criminal
> investigation will be handed to the senior officer on duty.
>  For more details about the event, please visit the following two web
>  sites:
>  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/30/bt_agm_phorm_protest
>  http://www.nodpi.org
>  If you require further information please contact me by reply.
>  Sincerely,
>  Alexander Hanff
>  University of Cumbria
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