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:
The response I was received was short, but very sweet:
From: "LiveJournal.com Support" <webmaster+SNIP (at) livejournal (dot) com> Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 16:30:08 +0100 Subject: Re: [staff] Phorm I have requested exclusion of livejournal.com and all of its subdomains from Webwise indexing. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. -Tupshin Harper -Director of Engineering and Operations -LiveJournal, Inc.
The moral of this? It doesn’t matter how big a website is, it’s quite possible that the management are still unaware of the existance and implications of Phorms Webwise system. If you use a website, and you don’t want Phorm scanning it, contact them. They might just listen.