Thursday, 30 April 2009

Websites which have opted-out of Phorm scraping

The following websites have all said that they do not want their website scraped by Phorm and have sent a message to Phorm for their domains to be 'opted-out':
  • amazon.com -- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7999635.stm
  • wikipedia.org -- http://techblog.wikimedia.org/2009/04/wikimedia-opting-out-of-phorm/
  • livejournal.com -- https://secure.grepular.com/blog/index.php/2009/04/08/livejournal-opt-out-of-phorm/
  • drupal.org -- http://association.drupal.org/node/346
  • youthnet.org -- http://www.youthnet.org/mediaandcampaigns/pressreleases/phormoptout
  • thepickards.co.uk -- http://www.thepickards.co.uk/index.php/200904/opting-out-of-phorm-two-easy-steps/
  • jamesthevicar.com, rubberturnip.com, usr-local-bin.org -- http://jamesthevicar.com/blog/?post=20090417_phormoptout
  • ciaranmcnulty.com -- http://ciaranmcnulty.com/blog/2009/04/webmasters-opt-out-of-phorm-now
  • nermal.com -- http://www.nermal.org/blog/opting-out-of-phorm/

Thursday, 9 April 2009

ORG reports LiveJournal has 'opted-out' of Phorn

The ORG is carrying an article here which points to a blog called MickeyC’s Interweblog.

The blog explains how the author managed to convince the people at LiveJournal to block Phorm. It begins:

Today I convinced the good people at Livejournal to request that livejournal.com and all of it’s subdomains be added to the Phorm Webwise exclusion list. I contacted their privacy department, expecting a boiler plate non-informative response, but it went quite differently. I got a direct response from their Director of Engineering and Operations (Tupshin Harper), and permission to quote him. Here’s what was said:


Follow the links above to read the full story.