European Data Protection Digest

NZZ Acknowledges Possession of Swisscom Data

DATA LOSS—SWITZERLAND

September 19, 2013

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) was in possession of data tapes from Swisscom’s data centres, Light Reading reports. “The records concerned are apparently backup files from 2008 to 2010 containing internal Swisscom data, including e-mails. It is still not clear to Swisscom whether customer data are also stored on these data carriers,” the report states, noting the tapes were “handed over to the NZZ editorial team by a person unknown to Swisscom.” The tapes have been returned to Swisscom and are being analysed, the report states. Swisscom has “instigated legal proceedings against persons unknown and informed the Federal Data Protection Commissioner about the incident.”
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