T-Mobile investigation a year in the making

T-Mobile first notified data watchdogs that members of its staff were selling off personal data nearly a year ago, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has admitted.

T-Mobile investigation a year in the making

Last month, the ICO said it was investigating one of the major mobile operators – later found to be T-Mobile – after employees were discovered be selling off user data.

Since then, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that T-Mobile notified the ICO of the problem on 16 December last year.

The request also asked the ICO to detail how many people were involved in the case, how many warrants had been doled out, and correspondence between the watchdog and the firm – all of which the ICO refused to do, as such information is exempt from the act.

ICO has launched a full investigation and is preparing a a case for possible prosecution

An ICO spokeswoman claimed that the watchdog has several ongoing investigations that have not been made public, and has “launched a full investigation and is preparing a a case for possible prosecution.”

Why no Phorm investigation?

The FOIA request also asked why the ICO “would take such drastic action against T-Mobile, yet take no action at all with respect to the BT/Phorm scandal?”

To that, the ICO responded: “As you will appreciate the issues involved in these two matters are very different.

“In respect of the T-Mobile issue the ICO is looking into possible criminal offences committed under the DPA [data protection act] whereas the matter of BT and Phorm regarding targeted online marketing did not involve any criminal offences under the DPA but raised issues of fair processing and compliance with the first Data Protection principle,” it concludes.

Disclaimer: Some pages on this site may include an affiliate link. This does not effect our editorial in any way.

Todays Highlights
How to See Google Search History
how to download photos from google photos