Operator in data protection breach


A major UK mobile phone company has come under fire from the Information Commissioner’s Office for selling unauthorised customer data.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham told the BBC that millions of details from thousands of customers had been sold to brokers who had sold the data onto other mobile phone companies. The customers were then contacted as their contracts reached their expiry date.

Information Commissioner’s Office representatives have already obtained search warrants to enter premises and have also interviewed employees, according to the BBC.

The BBC has also reported that Graham is planning to prosecute those involved.

He said he did not name the company so as not to prejudice a future trial; and that there is a need for a prison sentence to prevent people from selling private data to third parties.