T-Mobile employees fined for selling data

Two former T-Mobile employees have been fined £73,000 for theft and selling data after the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) concluded a successful case against them. Darren Hames and David Turley pleaded guilty under Section 55 of the Data Protection Act have to repay £28,700 and £45,000 respectively as well as court costs.

A portion of the repayment goes to ICO under the Proceed of Crime Act in order to fund further investigative staff training. This marks the first time the ICO has asked for these types of funds. Christopher Graham an Information commissioner hopes this case serves as a reminder to the ICO is cracking down on data theft and can track down those who are responsible.

This marks the final chapter in the investigation that helped to expose the criminals that were behind a lucrative illegal trade of mobile phone contact information. Many felt those if they have contact with customer details and they use it to their personal benefit that it will go undetected.

This case shows that, that is not always the case. There is usually an audit trail to follow and the ICO will do everything in their power to undercover any wrong doing. The investigation began by ICO in December of 2008 and a report will be published detailing all about how the case unfolded, in due course on their website.