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Employee Guilty of Selling Gambler Data

PRIVACY LAW—UK

November 11, 2011

A former gambling industry worker has pleaded guilty to obtaining and selling more than 65,000 gamblers' personal information, according to a press release from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Hendon Magistrates Court has ordered Marc Ben-Ezra to pay £1,700 to a company whose customer data he stole and £830.80 in other costs. Ben-Ezra was also given a three-year conditional discharge. Ben-Ezra e-mailed a number of UK gaming industry contacts asking if they wanted to purchase customer data--including names, addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and usernames. "This case shows that the unlawful trade in personal information is unfortunately still a thriving and lucrative activity," said Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, adding that stiffer penalties for such crimes are needed.        
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