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Data included contract expiration date, names, and addresses of customers

T-Mobile has had its share of issues lately. The company is seemingly trying to corner the market for Android-powered handsets and is doing well with luring new customers to its service to enjoy these devices.

Recently reports have surfaced that users are finding pornographic images on their online accounts page. T-Mobile issued a statement saying, "T-Mobile is aware of reports from a few customers who have seen inappropriate or unwanted pictures in their online "MyAlbum" section within their MyT-Mobile account. We are taking these reports seriously and actively investigating these issues."

Today reports of another serious concern for T-Mobile subscribers in the UK has surfaced. According to T-Mobile, it has discovered that some employees were selling data about when customer contracts would expire along with the customer name and address to competing mobile operators.

The misappropriated data reportedly covers thousands of customers and to have changed hands for "substantial sums" of money. T-Mobile insists that the data was sold without its permission and without it knowing.

As soon as the selling of the data was discovered T-Mobile contacted the Information Commissioner's Office, reported the issue, and agreed to fully cooperate with investigations. While names, addresses, and contract expiration dates were sold, T-Mobile insists that no personal safety or security information was sold.

T-Mobile issued a statement saying, "The customer information that was compromised contained no personal financial or security-related information whatsoever."

InformationWeek reports that T-Mobile stated it was surprised its name was reported publicly. The mobile provider had asked to remain anonymous so it would not interfere with the investigation. The company also undoubtedly wanted to keep its name out of headlines as well.

Reuters reports that Information Commissioner Christopher Graham plans to prosecute those involved and will push for jail time. Graham said, "The existing paltry fines for Section 55 offenses are simply not enough to deter people from engaging in this lucrative criminal activity. The threat of jail, not fines, will prove a stronger deterrent."





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