Fridays edition of the Metro which I hadn't read, so proceeded to do so. The headline was "Online snoops put Britain in the dock" which caught my interest.
It reports that Britain has been flouting European rules on internet privacy re online snooping for eighteen months and is been taken to court.
BT began testing Phorm software in 2006 to monitor internet activity to identify customers surfing habits and then place targeted advertisements on websites visited. If you visit Phorm's website it does not mention scanning personal emails.
The majority of my incoming mail is from nursing/medical sites and sure enough all adverts relate to same. Really I don't have a problem with this.
Oddly enough, on Saturday, when reading an incoming email from a friend, I noticed that the adverts related to the two main themes of my received, personal, private email. I had never noticed this before as I pay little or no attention to the adverts. I mentioned this find to my son who remarked that it was "Sinister".
After reading said article in the Metro I decided to browse through all my personal, saved emails. In approximately 95% of cases - sure enough, the adverts related to themes in the letter. Sheep were mentioned in one and all adverts related to sheep. A friend mentioned that a close relative was near death in another and adverts in the sidebar related to palliative care, medical treatments, emergency surgery, etc - now I find this sick!
I do have a serious problem with my personal received and sent emails being scanned for the purpose of advertising. It is not right and it is sinister!
Check your personal emails!
I am pleased that Britain is being hauled before the European Court of Justice!