Friday 9 December 2016

Ireland can't afford to be lax on data laws

Published 16/08/2014 | 02:30

Credit unions used stolen data to snoop on defaulting debtors
Credit unions used stolen data to snoop on defaulting debtors

THAT credit unions used stolen data to snoop on defaulting debtors is shocking, not least because they were unaware that private detectives used illicit means to procure sensitive data on their behalf.

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It is not just credit unions who have fallen victim to such methods: several insurance companies have been prosecuted for being in possession of personal information.

In the case of the credit unions, material was obtained through false pretences from the Department of Social Protection.

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