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Advocates Angered Over End of BT Investigation

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK

February 1, 2011

Privacy groups are criticizing the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for closing its investigation of a BT data breach, the Guardian reports. The ICO said BT cannot be held responsible for the incident in which a spreadsheet with such confidential information as customer names, addresses and telephone numbers was sent to a law firm by a BT employee, the report states. While the ICO closed its investigation after determining the company was not liable for a mistake committed by one of its employees, advocates contend such a move "appears to give the green light to companies like BT claiming to have a data protection policy but failing to adequately enforce it."
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