The U.K.'s Crown Prosecution Service is investigating whether or not national telco BT broke any laws when it collected the Internet browsing information of about 18,000 customers without consent in late 2006. BT earlier this year had been criticized over the activity, which occurred as part of a targeted advertising trial's beginning phases, and it even was investigated by the police.
It had not been previously determined that any laws had been broken, and for a while, it looked as if BT and technology partner Phorm might skate past any further controversy, the likes of which entangled several U.S. telcos over their trials with similar vendor partner NebuAd.
- Ars Technica has this post
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