Friday, May 12, 2006

Privacy traders 'must be jailed'

Richard ThomasInformation Commissioner Richard Thomas has told Parliament that new criminal penalties are needed to reduce the trade in personal information (thanks, Dave!). His report found the following black-market prices:

  • Obtaining or checking an address: £17.50
  • Tracing addresses from a telephone number: £75
  • Vehicle check at DVLA: £150-200
  • Licence check: £250
  • Criminal records check: £500
  • Finding a person across a wide area: £60
  • Ex-directory search: £65-75
  • Mobile telephone account enquiries: £750

It would seem a sensible use of (voice) biometrics by companies to authenticate customers before giving access (even to staff) to confidential personal data.

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