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The information commissioner says the trade in personal data extends far beyond tabloid journalism. Dealers will supply anyone who pays

Journalists love talking about themselves and their trade. I know. For 25 years, I was one. But the unlawful trade in personal data by tabloid journalists is only part of a larger problem. Fleet Street is not even the biggest part of that problem—but it has been standing in the way of a solution.

Back in 2009, it was revealed that several T-Mobile employees were selling company contract data to competitor companies. At this time, I renewed the call of my predecessor Richard Thomas for a serious deterrent against such breaches of the Data Protection Act: namely, a custodial penalty.…

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