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ICO CLOSES IN ON BODYSHOP DATA THIEVES

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ICO CLOSES IN ON BODYSHOP DATA THIEVES


Theft of personal data is still common

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has searched two more properties in the North West of England as part of an ongoing investigation into nuisance calls linked to stolen bodyshop repair data.The latest search warrants were executed at a location in Gatley, Greater Manchester and Wilmslow, Cheshire where investigators seized computers and phones that are now subject to forensic examination.

“This illegal trade has multiple negative effects both on the car repair businesses targeted for their customer data and the subsequent nuisance calls made to customers. These can be extremely unsettling and distressing,” said, Mike Shaw, Enforcement Group Manager at the ICO. “These people won’t get away with it – any person or business involved in the theft and illegal trade of personal data may find themselves subject to ICO action.”

Since the investigation launched last year, ICO investigators have fined a Hampshire-based firm £270,000 after carrying out 22 million nuisance calls and imposed Keurboom Communications Ltd with a £400,000 penalty for the same offence. Two more properties were recently raided in Macclesfield and Droylsden but no sanctions have been confirmed.

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BODYSHOP DATA THEFT: ICO RAID HOUSE

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BODYSHOP DATA THEFT: ICO RAID HOUSE


Theft of personal data is still common

Theft of personal data is still common

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has searched a house in Palmers Green, North London after the Nationwide Accident Repairs Services (NARS) reported illegal activity into its customer database.

NARS told investigators that its computer system had been hacked in order to obtain customer car repair estimates containing personal data.

The ICO believes that the stolen information may have been sold onto crooks that
call people who have had car crashes. “Our experience shows that unscrupulous people access personal data about car accidents to sell it on to marketing firms, who use the details to make nuisance calls”, said Enforcement Manager Mike Shaw. “We searched this house to gather more evidence as we have reason to believe that a person living at this address has illegally accessed personal information”.

NARS has confirmed the illegal activity is not emitted from a person working at the company.

Responding to the investigation, Jason Moseley, Director of RMI Bodyshops, said: “We are delighted that further actions are being taken against this criminal activity. Our trade association stands firmly in support of NARS and others for their work with the ICO”.

Theft of personal data is increasingly common as criminals find the risks are significantly reduced compared with other types of crime.

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ICO RAID ON BODYSHOP DATA

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ICO RAID ON BODYSHOP DATA


bodyshop_picThe Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has raided two houses and a business in the North West, following a tip that people in the premises were involved in the illegal sale of personal data from the motor trade.

The raids are connected to an ongoing investigation into hundreds of thousands of cold calls made to people to encourage them to make personal injury claims in relation to road traffic accidents.

Mike Shaw, Enforcement Group Manager at the ICO, said: “We know lots of people get these calls suggesting they’ve been involved in an accident, and wonder how the caller had their details”.

“The answer is that lists of people who’ve been involved in car accidents can be valuable leads to claims companies. That information is difficult to come by, even for the more disreputable firms, so data on people who’ve simply had their vehicles repaired is still prized, even though many of those people won’t have been involved in any accident”.

Jason Moseley, Director of RMI Bodyshops said: “We are pleased to hear that investigations into the illegal trade of motorists personal data are proving successful”.

He added: “We are committed to helping eradicate this type of behaviour which is tarnishing our sectors reputation. RMI Bodyshops members recognise the importance of ensuring motorists details remain confidential and we will continue to protect our member’s reputations by doing whatever it takes to prevent and stop this behaviour”.

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