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Internet: BT and Phorm

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the subject matter and content of the communications from a company representative of BT, Phorm or 121 Media to a Home Office official on (a) 15 November 2006 at 1.19 pm; (b) 23 January 2007 at 5.58 pm; and (c) 16 August 2007 at 12.59pm; and what response was given to those communications; and [HL728]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the subject matter and content of the communications from counsel for BT, Phorm or 121 Media to a Home Office official on (a) 9 July 2007 at 2.32pm; and (b) 14 August 2007 at 4.46pm; and what response was given to those communications; and [HL729]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the purpose and agendas of meetings between Phorm and the Home Office on 4 and 8 February 2008; who attended those meetings; and whether they will release minutes of the meetings. [HL753]

These communications were seeking a view from the Home Office on the application of Part I of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in relation to proposals for the provision of targeted online advertising services.

The Home Office provided an informal written view on targeted online advertising in February 2008. Only one meeting has taken place between Phorm and the Home Office and I refer the noble Baroness to the answer I gave on 29 September 2008 for the details.