T-Mobile admits that employee sold off private customer data

AN EMPLOYEE of mobile phone operator T-Mobile is facing prosecution after selling personal details of thousands of British customers to rival companies in an alleged major breach of data protection laws.<br /><br />In a statement, T-Mobile UK, part of Deutsche Telekom, said it had contacted the Information Commissioner&rsquo;s Office (ICO) after discovering an employee was passing on the information and it believed the investigation would result in a prosecution. &ldquo;While it is deeply regrettable that customer information has been misappropriated in this way, we have proactively supported the ICO to help stamp out what is a problem for the whole industry,&rdquo; T-Mobile said.<br /><br />The data was sold for &ldquo;substantial amounts of money&rdquo; to brokers working for other mobile phone firms.