The European Commission has dropped a privacy infringement case against the UK government over BT trials of Phorm behavioural advertising.The government avoided Commission legal action by changing UK privacy legislation, the Commission said in a statement on Thursday.
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A government-funded agency is to give 10 UK companies cash to start figuring out how to make money from the rapid proliferation of internet-connected items.The Technology Strategy Board said on Wednesday that the companies, including BT, would each get up to £50,000 to "undertake preparatory studies to better understand how to move towards an application and services marketplace in the 'internet of things'".
A group of ISPs has complained to communications minister Ed Vaizey over BT's pricing and terms and conditions for letting rival broadband providers use its ducts and poles
Smaller providers say the UK's 'fibre tax' system means that BT will win most of the cash the government is offering as subsidies for rural super-fast broadband
Most businesses in Northern Ireland are to get access to fibre-based next-generation broadband through a joint investment by BT and the NI government
I returned to work today after a two-week vacation (lovely, thanks), only to find the European Commission had finally kicked off formal proceedings against the UK government over the BT/Phorm debacle (full story here). This would be what they call hitting the ground running.
In a response to EC queries regarding the ad-serving technology, the government has given its approval for future use but has not addressed questions over the legality of previous BT Phorm trials
God knows they have had long enough to implement the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, but it seems the DTI and the Environment Agency still haven't got their heads around how it's going to work in practice.I attended a special seminar in Westminster this morning which was meant to clear up a lot of the confusion and obfuscation on the part of the government but actually seemed to create more questions than it answers.
UK privacy watchdog is urging the DTI to give it more powers to combat spam, but the Government has not confirmed whether it will grant them
This year's ISPA Internet Villain is the UK government, although BT may have put in an early bid for the 2007 award with some on-stage banter at the awards ceremony
Allegations that BT has effectively received billions in state aid from the UK government are to be investigated by the European Commission
BT and Oftel come in for a roasting from government
There's growing concern within Westminster over the high-speed digital divide -- will the blame fall on BT or the government?
Don't expect any favouritism, DTI tells telco
BT's suggestion that the purchasing power of the public sector could be used to drive down ADSL trigger levels hasn't found too much favour in Whitehall
Government is still failing to fully explain how it will roll out broadband to the public sector, and BT could do more to help community Wi-Fi groups, politicians claim
High-profile academic sounds warning
Breaking up the incumbent telco would be a 'high risk gamble', says the man who advised the Government to start radio spectrum trading
The idea of forcing telcos to make broadband available to all could find favour within the DTI, according to a senior government advisor
Siebel and BT are extending their customer relationship management products to tap the £1.7bn market for local authority e-government systems