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Further requests regarding Phorm and the Freedom of Information Act will no longer be processed by the government.

According to internet campaign site NoDPI, the Cabinet Office appears to have said that it will no longer be dealing with requests concerning the system, which monitors broadband consumers' online habits for advertising purposes.

NoDPI has received a letter from the government which explained that repeat requests that are related to the same source do not have to be dealt with if received within 60 working days.

This is because of Regulation 5 of the Freedom of Information Act, which means that the government does not have to act on repeat requests due to cost reasons.

As such, this could mean that broadband providers that wish to raise concerns regarding the service may not have their queries dealt with.

In the letter to NoDPI, the Cabinet Office said: "Whilst the Cabinet Office has provided you with information in reply to some of these requests where this has been possible within the cost limits provided in law, we consider that when aggregating this particular request with the other associated requests which we have received, the cost threshold will be exceeded."

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