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Vodafone Breach Incites Investigation, Potential Suit

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

January 10, 2011

iTnews reports that Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has launched an investigation into an alleged privacy breach at Vodafone putting customer details at risk. Vodafone allegedly allowed its partners to access its database of customer names, dates of birth, PIN numbers, driver's license numbers, addresses, credit card numbers and call records. Despite Pilgrim's investigation, the office doesn't have the authority to impose penalties, though Pilgrim said he supports ongoing privacy reforms that would provide his office that power. The alleged breach, which Vodafone says it is taking "very seriously," has prompted law firm Piper Alderman to investigate whether it can include the breach in its pending class-action lawsuit against Vodafone. Meanwhile, Vodafone is reassuring its New Zealand customers that their data is safe.
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