Finally, A Telco Gets Blamed For Its Own Data Leaks
from the it's-about-time dept
Earlier this year, there was a lot of press coverage over the fact that people could go to various online "information broker" services and buy the mobile phone records of just about everyone. What dismayed (though, not surprised) us was that so much of the anger was directed at the government (as in, why aren't they doing anything about it) and not the telcos for leaking all that data. In fact, the telcos weren't about to miss an opportunity to shift the blame -- and so even they came out publicly and whined about the government not doing enough, never bothering to mention the fact that this data wouldn't have been out there if they hadn't leaked it in the first place. Perhaps they should have kept quiet. The government finally did step in, and just last week one of the more well known data brokering firms was hit with a fine for failing to respond to a subpoena. However, it looks like the government didn't stop there either. Today comes the news that AT&T will also be paying a settlement for leaking the data in the first place.