FIFA Fans' Personal Information Stolen, Sold
DATA THEFTSeptember 7, 2010
A criminal investigation has been launched into the theft and sale of personal details of as many as 250,000 individuals from the U.S., UK, Switzerland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and Croatia who purchased tickets to the 2006 World Cup from official FIFA outlets, the Daily Mail reports. The information, which includes passport details and dates of birth, was sold for as much as £500,000 (USD$765,132). "The unlawful trade in people's personal information is a criminal offense under the Data Protection Act," Mick Gorrill of the UK's Information Commissioner's Office said over the weekend, noting the office will be working with FIFA and international data protection authorities in the investigation.