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Virgin Media has changed the terms and conditions relating to its London Underground Wi-Fi service after concerns were raised over the original choice of wording.

Last week, the Evening Standard warned that a clause allowing the broadband provider to monitor email and web use could create 'Big Brother on the Tube'.

Concerns were raised over the passage 'With your permission, we may monitor email and internet communications, including without limitation, any content or material transmitted over the services'.

But following an outcry from the media, parliamentarians and members of the public, Virgin Media has moved to clarify its position and allay fears.

The broadband provider said it was never planning to monitor individuals' messages or online habits, and the clause was only designed to ensure it complies with legal obligations such as blocking child porn websites.

However, the firm admitted the original wording was too broad and took action to remedy the situation.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Nick Pickles, Director of Big Brother Watch, welcomed the revision.

"Clearly such broad terms and conditions were a cause for concern and I’m pleased Virgin Media has moved quickly to address this serious privacy issue," he stated.

"The public should be able to use Wi-Fi services without fear of their internet use and emails being monitored."

Virgin Media plans to offer wireless broadband services at 80 London Underground stations in time for the Olympic Games, and 120 by the end of 2012.

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