@ Tony Paulazzo - letter to news channels
I think the one aspect that has been missed out of your letter on all the [lack of] reporting is an explanation of what the techies are on about. Most people on this forum, after a few days, will have some understanding of the points you raise. I have talked to the people 'out there' and it means nothing to them.
Basics is what is needed.
A system is being sold as less advertising, targeted advertising, decreased phishing risk, improved privacy.
What the system is ACTUALLY doing is hiding its real privacy invading identity behind the ISP as a 'service'.
The system is hosted at (not under the control of) the ISP and is:
intercepting traffic between computers and their ISP,
hijacking the browser into revealing content on the hard drive which should not be available under all the security protocols under which cookies and their writing/reading is enabled,
analysing the traffic send to/from your computer,
making a second hijack of your browser to write to the hard drive a cookie file which contains data which identifies you personally as interested in an advertising channel (your profile),
sharing your personal profile with a 3rd party who uses that information in their marketing to sell advertising space on 4th party websites.
Even if you 'opt-out' of the system, the data stream from the ISP to your computer / hand held device [mobile, land and cable channels] will contain injected code to enable it to read files on your hard drive so that the logic knows whether or not to amend the file held on your hard drive.
In exchange for hosting the software and hardware, the ISP will be sharing revenue from this venture with the 3rd party.
Previously this same system of scripts hijacking users computers was rejected by the majority of computer users who have gone to great lengths buying anti-spyware, anti-malware, anti-adware, rootkit detectors, etc to ensure that their computers were free of any such hijacking script which was not under the control of the computer user.
In an effort to protect their investment, the providers of the adware / spyware scripts have now approached the ISPs with regard to running the same system at the ISP level so that it is impossible for the computer user to escape the effects of the software. This is happening all around the world: America, Eurpoe, Asia, Africa and Australasia - no one is immune.
One such provider of the software is Phorm Inc who has agreements with the 3 major ISPs in the UK to include the software within their systems and agreement with a number of publishers to act as 4th party publishers.
[You can also mention that FrontPorch is making its systems available to the UK ISP suppliers also. And it may help to name some of the reporting media / newspapers who have contracted to host the adverts.]
Only once you have explained the history of the software and its effects on computer users, then would I begin your discourse of the poor coverage by the media.
We already know why the newspapers are not covering it - they have their advertising revenue to protect.
And everyone I speak to has a far greater appreciation of why they run security software on the computer than why they suddenly need to worry about what their ISP may be downloading onto their computer without permission.
I am thinking of sending something along the above lines to my MP so that she will have some information when she is fobbed off by whatever reply she gets from her questions to the government departments who should be looking over this.