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BT Drops Phorm, Citing More Pressing Priorities 94

Posted by kdawson
from the absurdly-invasive dept.
Tom DBA notes a story up at The Register that begins "BT has abandoned plans to roll out Phorm's controversial web monitoring and profiling system across its broadband network, claiming it needs to concentrate resources on network upgrades... BT's announcement comes a day before MPs and peers of the All Party Parliamentary Communications Group are due to begin an investigation of Internet privacy. Their intervention follows the EU's move to sue the UK government over its alleged failure... properly [to] implement European privacy laws with respect to the trials, drawing further bad publicity to the venture." We've discussed Phorm many times in the past.
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BT Drops Phorm, Citing More Pressing Priorities

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  • Re:Not too good. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by wjh31 (1372867) on Wednesday July 08, 2009 @04:34AM (#28619323) Homepage
    "...nothing do to with cost..."

    Money isnt a resource then?
  • Re:n2n (Score:3, Insightful)

    by L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) on Wednesday July 08, 2009 @04:37AM (#28619333)
    Why is the Wintard version payware? Pre-compiled and with an installer for â50? I'll stick with Tor thanks.
  • Re:Not BitTorrent (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dintech (998802) on Wednesday July 08, 2009 @04:50AM (#28619383)

    Moreover, BT the (global) telecommunications company has used this brand long before BitTorrent existed. Might I suggest he stops calling BitTorrent BT to avoid himself getting confussed?

    Also, AT&T don't call themselves American Telephone & Telegraph Company in all their advertising literature and billing, do they? Perhaps for the hell of it he could stop referring to them as AT&T because he might also easily confuse their name with AT&T [wikipedia.org].

    Alternatively, he could just use wikipedia's disambiguation before posting silly requests.

  • Re:Not BitTorrent (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 08, 2009 @05:34AM (#28619497)

    I still think Bastard Telecom is the most appropriate.

  • Re:Not too good. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Wowsers (1151731) on Wednesday July 08, 2009 @05:49AM (#28619565) Journal

    BT will wait until Phorm renames itself then BT will roll out the system. They will not pass up the opportunity to earn money for nothing after racking up idiotic amounts of losses because they "invested" in foreign (non-UK) businesses, and could not be bothered to update the UK network, choosing to flog that dead horse copper cable for all it's worth for another 20+ years.

    People are not bothered about Phorm and BT, hell, they aren't even bothered by BT's cr@ppy quality Internet and comparatively bad deal internet subscription.... they are still the biggest ISP in the UK. People are suckers for punishment instead of taking their money elsewhere.

    Phorm will be back!

  • Re:Not BitTorrent (Score:2, Insightful)

    by quenda (644621) on Wednesday July 08, 2009 @07:21AM (#28619977)

    Slashdot is global. Around where I live, BT means Bankers Trust, and BA is bugger all.
    Please don't use 2-letter local abbreviations in a global forum, at least not on the first mention in a summary. OK?

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