Pre-emptive FOI request Regarding Phorm for referral to the Competition Commission
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am informed via the Competition Commission Website
That they do not deal with requests from individuals but will act on information provided by a body such as yourselves.
Therefore I am requesting that you contact them to ask for any information relating to considerations they may have made in regard to a company called Phorm or similar.
Until recently Phorm claimed to have agreements in place with the three main ISP companies within the UK; BT, Virgin and TalkTalk, which would have resulted in a claimed 70% coverage of the consumer broadband market.
I understand that the markets for broadband/ISP consumer suppliers has been deregulated in order to guarantee some level of competition.
Whilst I strongly disagree with the methods that companies like Phorm use, DPI, and find them unacceptable I would like to know that should ISPs choose to adopt solutions either based on such technology, which I hope will not happen, or something more compliant with the changing regulatory landscape we will not end up with a situation where one company controls 70% of the market.
Please provide details of how the Competition Commission has and is approaching this possibility.
Dear Mr Mallen
Freedom of Information Act ('FoIA')
Thank you for your e mail regarding Phorm and a possible referral to the
In your e mail you asked 'Please provide details of how the Competition
Commission has and is approaching this possibility' [a situation where
there is one company, Phorm, which allegedly controls 70% of a particular
Duty to confirm or deny whether we hold the information requested:
Unfortunately, we cannot provide any information relevant to your request
as we do not hold it. The OFT is an entirely separate body from the
Competition Commission who should be able to answer your request as they
are also subject to the FOIA regime and can handle requests directly
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Under our duty to provide advice and assistance, the following link
provides further information on how to contact them in connection with
I hope you find the above information of use.
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Thanks for the reply and the extra information. It appears on..
"[Subject only] FW: Freedom of Information request - Pre-emptive FOI request Regarding Phorm for referral to the Competition Commission"
So, prior to looking at the 'show quoted sections' option I sort of assumed you were just quoting my original request and, with FW in your reply, I took a guess that you might have forwarded my query to the Competition Commission.
Have you done so or do I have to do something for myself?
Hello Mr Mallen
Thank you for your further e mail.
Unfortunately, it is up to you to contact the Competition Commission if
you want to pursue your request for information. The following link
gives the contact details:
Information Access Team
Dear Nigel Bussey,
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