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Mobile Phone Network Sells Customer Details Without Prior Permission

The Information Commissioner’s office has disclosed that a major UK mobile network is being prosecuted for selling thousands of customers details without permission.

However, the authority refused to comment when it was asked about the name of the mobile network involved in the conspiracy.

The Commissioner’s office said that the staff of the offending network had sold the customers details for a substantial amount.

The data was used to call the customers whose contracts were to expire soon. Owing to the actions of few rogue employees, the network is expected to face serious legal action besides taking a hit on its reputation.

The office also confirmed that a prosecution case was being prepared and the name of the mobile network in question will be revealed soon.

It has also been reported that when some news agencies have apparently contacted UK’s 5 biggest mobile networks; while major telecom networks like O2, Orange and Vodafone denied their involvement in the scandal, T-Mobile is yet to respond.

Incidents of breach of data security norms have become increasingly common and this latest incident serves as a grim reminder to organisations to bolster up their data security procedures in order to safeguard their user data and protect themselves from legal action.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.