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Company Investigating Possible Breach


January 25, 2012

European mobile operator O2 is investigating accusations that it shares customers' numbers with websites they visit through its mobile data network, paidContent reports. A web systems administrator noticed the issue, the report states, and set up a website to show users what information O2 is allegedly passing along during visits. One privacy advocate suggests that sharing such information could mean a "very serious breach," while the UK Information Commissioner's Office has said that while sharing a mobile number on its own may not mean a breach, "when it is coupled with any other identifying information, it can constitute a data breach," the report states.
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