Once again, wow
After reading through all of the posts several times (as of 19:45 EST), I have several questions:
1) Websites that are hosted in BT address space, through direct or second parties, are they automatically required to submit to Phorm "inspection" of their content?
2) Since most EULA (thank you for that acronym MS (bastards!)) contain intentionally misleading information that the owner of the "property" has the "right to change the terms and conditions, at any time, with out warning or notification" of the users; since BT didn't warn the 18,000 test subjects, wouldn't that make both companies, whom I will refer to as 'the defendants" guilty of illegal interception of private data?
3) .mil.* sites and any company that does business with the Royal Forces should be exempted from digestion of Phorm systems, simply because when they're hacked (which if Google, Yahoo, eBay, and countless big content providers can, it's not a matter of IF but WHEN), wouldn't it be quite plausible that any adversarial government or military (rhymes with shina) could build queries that would possibly link unclassified components to potentially classified and higher modules or platforms?
4) Based upon the rather harsh reaction of Phorm and the mechanical response of BT, either Phorm is scared shitless and using the infamous "go on the attack when attacked" strategy and BT's plan is ignorance to the law until they can bribe an official to get an exemption, OR they actually have a snowflake's chance in hell of stalling this until it's just unprofitable enough to be not worth the hassle.
5) Has anybody attempted about writing letters to major shareholders of each company, kindly informing them that their ISP customer base is abandoning them, and there's a really good chance that any of the advertisers who make use of Phorm, will be promptly ignored or boycotted?
6) For those of us in the states, I'm probably wasting efforts but based on the fallout of this genius plan and awesome pr, I'm already drafting letters to my members of congress, providing they haven't been paid off by a telcom, ISP or web content provider... Yeah, I know I tried to keep from laughing, too. But what the hell, it's mankind's last stand against the complete usurping of individual rights and privacies over making for a .5% return on corporate investments.
7) If all else fails, it's back to analog for me, baby.