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    Angry ISP Spyware

    Yes, a growing number of ISPs are trying to gouge out the last bit of revenue from the internet by spying on their customers' browsing habits. A classic method is the use of "Phorm".

    Enter "AntiPhormLite"

    http://www.antiphorm.com/page_software.htm

    What it does is generate spoof browsing in the background which makes the data collected worthless.

    It is free, and source code is available if you don't trust it.
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    Do you know of any ISPs in the United States of America that actually does this? IMO, I'm sure theres a way to find out if *your* ISP actually does this or not. Either way let me know. Peace, CN22

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    Hi CN22,

    Good question, so I will do a bit of research. Now, Phorm are traded on the London Stock Exchange (our Wall Street), yet looking at their site you see $(USD) used as currency and in the "investors" bit they talk about "tickers" which is a Wall Street expression, unheard of in England

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that Verizon were in negotiations with them. Now, provided that Verizon's input to these alleged negotiations consisted of two words, the second being "off" then Verizon must be considered honourable.............. otherwise.................?

    Link #1:

    http://www.phorm.com/isp_partners/

    More to follow

    EDIT:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04..._ad_targeting/

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...040304052.html

    This tends to be a local service issue so there isn't much on the US scene over here.

    The bit that amuses me is the bull crap about your privacy being protected.

    Errr, how can you deliver "targeted advertising" without divulging personal information?

    And isn't unsolicited advertising also known as "spam" (no derogatory reference to the pork luncheon meat)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Computernerd22
    Do you know of any ISPs in the United States of America that actually does this? IMO, I'm sure theres a way to find out if *your* ISP actually does this or not. Either way let me know. Peace, CN22
    Charter Internet's looking at something similar to Phorm: NebuAd.

    http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technolo...p_charter.html
    “Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.” — Will Rogers

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    I don't see whats so important/the big deal about collecting customers/clients surfing habits? Do they make money off of it? Sell the information to spyware companies, people?

    If it's to catch predators, and that sort of thing, them I'm all for it. However, if it's for just to collect *customer data* on you then I have to disagree with it. Just my two cents.

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    Hi CN22,

    I don't see whats so important/the big deal about collecting customers/clients surfing habits? Do they make money off of it? Sell the information to spyware companies, people?
    Yes, that is the whole objective. For "targeted advertising" please read "legalised spamming" because that is what they are up to.

    If it's to catch predators, and that sort of thing, them I'm all for it.
    I totally agree; however, that would involve a law enforcement agency rather than an advertising agency?

    However, if it's for just to collect *customer data* on you then I have to disagree with it.
    Unfortunately, that is just what it is, hence the reason I brought it to the attention of the AO Community
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    Last month's news?

    What I originally posted was a way of screwing them basically throwing so much chaff into the ether that their data becomes valueless
    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
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