Personal data thieves in the UK will soon face up to two years' jail.
The Register reports that the "move is intended in particular to clamp down on the illegal trade in personal data by private investigators for whatever unscrupulous means their clients have in mind."
"The Information Commissioner Office has long pressed the government to lock people who buy and sell data away in prison. Currently, the toughest sanction is a fine."
Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, who wil be speaking at the 2007 ecrime congress in March is "delighted" the government has heeded his advice.