looks like Phorm is not dead yet
The British inventor of the internet has launched a damning attack on plans by BT and other communications firms to spy on the web-surfing habits of up to 11million households.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he is 'embarrassed' to be British because this country - unlike the USA - has failed to block the 'Big Brother' move.
He warned the proposals are far more sinister than intercepting letters or tapping telephone conversations.
And he suggested the technology was even worse than allowing companies to install TV cameras in the homes of the nation to snoop on how people live their lives.
BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media are all considering launching a system known as Phorm, which would track the internet pages that their 11m customers look at.