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ICO Fines Former Telecom Employees

DATA THEFT—UK

June 13, 2011

Two former employees of T-Mobile have been fined by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for stealing and selling customer data, V3.co.uk reports. The fines totaled £73,000, and for the first time, the ICO will receive part of the settlement to train investigation staff. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham hopes the case will show that his office is being tough on data theft. "Those who have access to thousands of customer details," he added, "may think that attempts to use it for personal gain will go undetected. But this case shows there is always an audit trail, and my office will do everything in its power to uncover it."
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