The Pirate Party UK is disappointed that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has refused to give permission for a private prosecution of BT over its secretive trial of the invasive Phorm scheme which tracked customers behaviours online.
The Party believes that such a prosecution would be in the public interest as invasive monitoring of this kind is unacceptable in our society and is almost certainly illegal.
BT and Phorm claim that the data collected was anonymised but it is trivial to work out the identity of an individual based on their web activities as shown by the AOL search scandal.
Pirate Party Candidate Finlay Archibald comments; "It is shameful that nobody has been held to account for the flagrant disregard of privacy shown towards tens of thousands of BT's customers. Privacy and the right to private communications are at the cornerstone of our civil rights and should not be sacrificed in search of a quick profit."
"The fact that this episode prompted the European Commission to refer the UK to the EU Courts of Justice for failing to adequately protect the confidentiality of electronic communications shows that BT were clearly in the wrong to spy on their customers."
The Pirate Party feels that prosecutions such as this are essential if the privacy of individuals is to be protected, whether on the Internet or in the offline world.