Oct 292009
 October 29, 2009  Posted by  Breaches, Featured News, Govt, Non-U.S., Online

Tom Espiner reports:

The UK government has failed to implement adequate communications privacy legislation and must take steps to strengthen privacy safeguards, the European Commission has found.

The Commission on Thursday went to the second stage of privacy infringement proceedings against the UK government, saying the government had not adequately enacted European privacy laws.

Commission spokesperson Martin Selmayr told ZDNet UK that the Commisision initially launched its infringement action following complaints from UK citizens. Members of the public and privacy campaigners approached the Commission after the UK government declined to take action following secret trials of behavioural advertising by BT in 2006 and 2007, which BT performed without gaining customer consent. BT had been trialling advertising technology from a company called Phorm.

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