A former T-Mobile employee has admitted his role in the illegal sale of massive volumes of customer data to marketers.
David Turley, of Birmingham, 39, pleaded guilty to 18 charges under section 55 of the Data Protection Act at Chester Crown Court Un July 2010. A second former T-Mobile employee, Darren Hames, of Staffordshire, 38, will enter his pleas in relation to his alleged role in the theft on 23 November 2010
The illegal sale of millions of subscriber records was revealed by the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham last November, as part of a campaign for tougher sentences for data thieves.
The T-Mobile data was used to cold call and poach subscribers who were coming to the end of their contracts.