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Phorm "Edited and Approved" UK Government Advice 126

Barence was one of several readers to send in word that the UK Home Office checked whether its interpretation of the law suited Phorm, before issuing advice on the legality of the controversial advertising service. The Home Office and Phorm entered a dialogue about the company's services back in August 2007, at Phorm's request. In an email sent to Phorm in January 2008, a Home Office official writes: 'I should be grateful if you would review the attached document, and let me know what you think.' After Phorm made deletions and amendments to the document, the Home Office sent another email to the company stating: 'If we agree this, and this becomes our position do you think your clients and their prospective partners will be comforted.' From the BBC: "Baroness Sue Miller, Liberal Democrat spokeswoman on Home Affairs, told BBC News: 'My jaw dropped when I saw the Freedom of Information exchanges. ... Anything the Home Office now says about Phorm is completely tainted.'"
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Phorm "Edited and Approved" UK Government Advice

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  • by nicolas.kassis ( 875270 ) on Tuesday April 28, 2009 @03:25PM (#27749455)
  • by Daimanta ( 1140543 ) on Tuesday April 28, 2009 @03:51PM (#27749733) Journal

    "Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 612 times in debates -- well above average amongst Lords."


  • Chilling (Score:2, Funny)

    by Colonel Korn ( 1258968 ) on Tuesday April 28, 2009 @03:52PM (#27749763)

    This makes me feel sick. If only more Sue Millers were elected...

  • (really - look at []. It's really special.)

    Beleaguered Internet advertising phirm Phorm is hitting back at critics with [], in an attempt to lure Internet activists into herniating from laughter.

    "It is clear that the campaign against Phorm [] originates in the sinister manipulations of Alex Hanff and Marcus Williamson," said Kent Ertegun, CEO of Phorm, "who have used mind control lasers and the killer robot armies of the Open Rights Group and FIPR to deceive millions of Britons into a Communistic fervor of hatred against the engines of the free market and customer demand, the salesmen and marketers, the true creators and enablers of objective value."

    The website, designed in Microsoft Word, uses the public relations format so successfully put into play by the [] site of the Church of Scientology, a community institution of flawless repute. reveals how:

    * At the age of five, Hanff REFUSED to share his crayons with the little girl next to him, saying she was "poopy" and would only draw a picture to be used against him.
    * At age twelve, Williamson accepted MONEY from his mother to buy sweets, but not to tell schoolmates in case they wanted some.
    * Hanff and Williamson may have attempted to access POTENTIALLY ILLEGAL images blocked by the Internet Watch Foundation.
    * Hanff and Williamson have used WIKIPEDIA at least once in their lives.
    * Hanff and Williamson INVADED POLAND in 1939.

    "Given the persistence with which they propagate incorrect information, we cannot rule out the possibility that a competitor is involved," he said. "The competitor goes under the name 'reality.' Needless to say, we have no tolerance for an entity of such limited possibilities.

    "These people are privacy pirates -- people who steal privacy online, off the coast of Somalia. With Internet guns! And drugs! And child pornography!"

    Mr Hanff and Mr Williamson said they were unsure whether to sue Phorm into atomic dust for gross defamation or to just let them continue with their infallible public relations work. Phorm shares have dropped from 405p to being declared a serious infection risk by the World Health Organization.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell