Nov 102010
 

Ian Grant reports:

People who use the internet may have greater protection from electronic eavesdroppers following a consultation on changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).

The Home Office recommendations include an explicit opt-in for information exchanged between a sender and receiver to be intercepted by a third party, and a civil sanction for “unintentional” breaches.

The changes arise from complaints that Phorm, which makes web advertisement-serving technology, bases its selection of ads on the illegal tracking of web browsers’ online behaviour. BT was condemned for testing Phorm twice without first telling its internet customers.

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