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    Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

    This is a discussion on Websites That Have Blocked Phorm within the Website news forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; Here is a list of all the sites that we know of that have now blocked Phorm via opting out. ...

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      Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

      Here is a list of all the sites that we know of that have now blocked Phorm via opting out. As we appreciate their work in helping others weed out Phorm, we are going to dedicate this thread to giving those sites a free link. As well as a place where people can view those websites that are against Phorm and who also have the common sense to help protect their users' privacy.

      If you wish to add the fact that you have opted out your website from Phorm, there is now a dedicated website here:

      Opted Out Of Phorm


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      What would be excellent news for those of us who have (or are thinking of) Sky Broadband, is to hear a very clear response from Sky to the following:

      1) That Sky will not be implementing Phorm / The method of how Phorm works, ie by DPI (Deep Packet Inspection)

      2) That Sky also have opted out their respected domains


      If anyone knows someone with a website, it maybe prudent to make them aware of how you can block Phorm and help stop its use of keywords and copyrighted material of those sites to produce targeted advertising to those customers of a Phorm deployed ISP.

      According to BT's help pages, the way to opt your website out of Phorm's Webwise is stated below.

      I own a website which contains private/sensitive information which I don't want to be scanned by Webwise. What can I do to achieve this?

      While the privacy safeguards built into BT Webwise mean that sensitive or private content on websites is not compromised, the system also offers a number of mechanisms by which website owners can prevent pages being profiled if they wish. Website owners may implement any of the following methods:

      1. HTTPS: No HTTPS traffic passes through the system or is profiled
      2. Standard HTTP password-protection : Pages protected using standard HTTP password protection, as defined by RFC 1945, will not be profiled
      3. robots.txt: The Webwise system will observe the rules that a website sets for major search engines using the robots.txt method. If the website's robots.txt file is set such that "*" (any robot) is not permitted to crawl it, then Webwise will not profile its pages.

      Alternatively, you may request specifically that your website is not scanned by Webwise. To request that your website not be scanned by Webwise, please email:

      website-exclusion@webwise.com.

      BT Webwise | Help

      So far the only 3 ISPs in the UK that have hinted that they would be using Phorm are:

      BT
      Virgin Media
      TalkTalk


      For more in depth information you could always visit https://www.nodpi.org

      We will update the first post in this thread at every new report of sites that have specifically blocked Phorm.
      Last edited by NewsreadeR; 05-05-09 at 04:11 PM.


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      Re: Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

      I really wonder why companies have to jump through hoops to protect themselves from Phorm where it should be an opt-in system rather than an opt-out one.

      But in the UK we have to put up with all sorts of things that would be shot down in an instant in other countries.
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      Re: Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

      It should be opt in definitely. But saying that, there is always the option for websites to block the IPs of those ISP's that deploy Phorm. Or even just redirect those IP addresses to a holding page explaining why they have been stopped from accessing those sites.

      A few weeks ago the campaign against Phorm was very low key. Today you are seeing hundreds of blog posts and new stories about it. The more people that know the better.


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      Re: Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

      great news, it should be on tv a late night quiz, who will say no next? thanks for the update

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      Re: Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

      I used the email-to-Webwise approach (months ago) and had my website delisted. Took only a couple of days for webwise to satisfy themselves that I was the site owner!
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      Re: Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

      Quote Originally Posted by Ned Ludd View Post
      I used the email-to-Webwise approach (months ago) and had my website delisted. Took only a couple of days for webwise to satisfy themselves that I was the site owner!
      We requested our sites to be excluded well over a year ago. Even though they eventually acknowledged our request to be de-listed in October 2008 - some 7 months later or so. Phorm still to this day are being detected visiting our site via our server stats.

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      Re: Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

      Hmmmmm! I can find NO trace of Phorm or Webwise having 'trawled' my site.
      As I'm a 'sleeping' partner in a Web Design company, I will ask them to look deeper!
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      Re: Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

      If anyone has opted out of Phorm and want a mention on here, there is a submit form on the right hand side.

      Opted Out Of Phorm


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      Re: Websites That Have Blocked Phorm

      How does the email method work then?

      You need to send an email from every domain you want excluding
      EG:

      info at skyuser.co.uk
      info at skyuser.com
      info at skyuser.net

      etc etc ?
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