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Insurance Firms Breached Data Protection Act


February 14, 2012

Three insurance companies have pleaded guilty to charges of breaching the Data Protection Act by using social welfare data obtained through a private investigator, reports The Irish Times. The breach was discovered through a complaint from the Department of Social Protection after it noticed "an unusual pattern of access to its database by an official, who had also been making phone calls to two specific numbers." The companies will each pay €20,000 to charity and all legal costs, and the data protection commissioner's office said it is satisfied that the companies have improved their systems and are working to be compliant.
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