Data Protection Authority Accuses Vodafone Of Breaking Law - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Data Protection Authority Accuses Vodafone Of Breaking Law

Published May 30, 2014

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The Data Protection Authority of Iceland (Persónuvernd) has accused Vodafone Iceland of breaking the law, when a hacking of Vodafone’s servers revealed that the telecom was storing customers’ text messages.

Seven cases in all were reviewed by Persónuvernd, where complaints were filed by Vodafone customers in light of the hack. Persónuvernd has come to the conclusion that storing these text messages was in violation of Iceland’s law on privacy protection and the treatment of personal information.

For their part, Vodafone will not refer the matter to the courts, Vísir reports, while emphasising that since the hack, they have sought to increase the security of their servers.

As reported last November, a Turkish hacker group not only broke into Vodafone’s servers, but also published the texts, passwords, and personal data of over 70,000 Vodafone customers in Iceland. 

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