Two former T-Mobile employees have been fined £73,000 for stealing and selling customer data by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The ruling came after the ICO investigated the case, at the end of which, the two data thieves pleaded guilty for violating the Data Protection Act V3 reports.
The ICO has been investigating the case since 2008 and plans to publish a detailed report about the investigation in the near future.
David Turley and Darren have been ordered by the ICO to pay £45,000 and £28,700 respectively in fine along with paying for the case. The ICO will be receiving a part of the fines which will be utilised towards training of investigation staff.
"Today's hearing marks the final chapter in an investigation that has exposed the criminals behind a mass illegal trade in lucrative mobile phone contract information," Information commissioner Christopher Graham, said in a statement.
"Those who have regular access to thousands of customer details may think that attempts to use it for personal gain will go undetected. But this case shows there is always an audit trail and my office will do everything in its power to uncover it."