OK - ITS A WEIRD ONE - BUT WORTHY OF DISCUSSION - APPLIES ONLY TO RECENT T-MOBILE CUSTOMERS
The BBC announced...
"Staff at mobile phone company T-Mobile passed on
millions of records from thousands of customers to
third party brokers, the firm has confirmed."
The Data Protection people described it as...
" "This is not just about mobile phone companies. It's about private investigators, it's about blagging information from databases for use to put the frighteners on witnesses, attempt to knobble juries, pursue 'nasty neighbour' disputes, interfere in the family courts, difficult divorce settlements."
"Personal data has value and there are people out there exploiting it."
Currently the fine for this is only £5000 - which the government is planning to change to imprisonment as this is too small a sum. So there is little doubt the civil claim for punitive damages would probably exceed a years line rental. But they wont want to go to court - as they have admitted they did it - so why add legal fees to the cost.
I would never advocate "ambulance chasing" - but its a mobile phone company who will pay out. T-mobile are pairing up with Orange - so feel at home having a go at them if you have been hacked off with them too.
Look at the worst company of the year awards running here presently. Look how heavily the mobile phone companies feature. They have been offering pretty dire service for years.
So here is your chance to get your own back!
Obviously if you were happy for your personal data to be sold off - and always got great service and value for money from your phone company - then don't do this.
But how many people would say that!
Write to T-mobile to asl if they owe you!!!