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    Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

    This is a discussion on Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go? within the Polls forums, part of the Website news category; i would cancel...

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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      i would cancel


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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      ISP's are only thinking about their cut of the revenue generated by reporting our browsing habits to a 'phormer' malware specialist so instead of getting users to download spyware that would get blocked by security software, phorm is working around this by allowing advertisers to buy our privacy so they could spam us and slow down our surfing with ads.

      i wonder how security software firms will view this? will they maintain their integrity and write code to completely 'opt' out of phorm advertising or will they jump on the bandwagon and sell us 2 years subcription for the price of 1 everytime we connect to our vendors website for updates or info?

      sky is very likely to sell our browsing habits as are all the ISP's. they will no doubt promote the virtues of phorm's anonymizing and anti-phishing techniques while keeping quiet about the revenue advertisers would pay them to spam us.

      phorm will pay ISP's to install its malware (hardware) on the network so that by itself is an incremental revenue for ISP's, i hope that concerned individuals figure out ways to combat this intrusion if it can be done. perhaps a firefox add-on like 'track me not' can help confuse phorm by generating randomly incoherent sentences like 'i dont know but' to make real searches that much more difficult to extract.

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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      Quote Originally Posted by skycaptain View Post
      perhaps a firefox add-on like 'track me not'
      Funny you should mention Firefox as this has been produced:

      Dephormation Firefox 2 Add On - Stop Phorm/Webwise

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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      The only incetntive for me to have ads thrust upon me is if the adsl connection is completely free and unresticted (downloadwise and speedwise) and if they also give me a good spec free laptop - i may just consider it worthwhile

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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      I see Phorm have now resorted to signing up to Forums to discuss this and try to spread their corporate spin.

      However, it is not actually a Phorm Staff member but someone from a PR Company.

      Beware Phorm PR people on signing up to SkyUser and then trying to spin this garbage out.

      We will ban you. We are not interested whatsoever in you trying to justify this absolute piece of codswallop, and will not accept the corporate rubbish of how you can make the Internet a more interesting / safer place.

      If you were really that bothered you would do it for free, not for millions upon millions of pounds.




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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      The Register have done a very good article here Dear ISP, I am not a target market | The Register

      What a shame Phorm's shares are down 20%




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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      I would definately leave and go to Zen. This would be totally unacceptable. Sky have said they are in talks with Phorm and will gauge customer reaction as to whether they will sign up. Well Sky............DO IT AT YOUR PERIL.

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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      I was going to say - surely you can simply say "No, I do not wish for my data to be intercepted by form. I am opting out of this marketing in line with direct marketing rules, and in line with my private information to be withheld as per the Data Protection Act."

      Surely this would apply in this situation...

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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      I wonder if people accessing terrorist websites will receive targeted advertisements for wholesale sellers of hydrogen peroxide and nitrate fertilisers…

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      Re: Phorm and Sky Broadband - Would you stay or go?

      Carphone Warehouse has now commented on this as one of the major ISP's involved with Phorm. And Phorms shares have fallen by 31 per cent yesterday.


      Carphone Warehouse has become the first of the three UK ISPs who have agreed to pimp data to ad targeting outfit Phorm to announce a major rethink of how it will use the technology.

      Company representatives have told users in forums that they are working on a way to ensure that traffic from people who opt out will never enter the Phorm system. "We had a meeting yesterday and based on customer opinion we decided to use a different method, yet to be decided, to split the traffic so it doesn't hit a Webwise server at all for those that opt out," one wrote.

      CPW builds wall between customers and Phorm | The Register

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