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Company Investigating Possible Breach

MOBILE PRIVACY—EUROPE

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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