British independent organization Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is responsible for the protection of personal information, again expressed its outrage at the non-custodial sentence for persons who have violated the Data Protection Act. This happened after an employee was found guilty of selling information on 65 000 participants in an online lottery.
Marc Ben-Ezra received a sentence of three years’ probation and pay his former employer Cashcade Limited penalty in the amount of 1 700 pounds, as well as damages in the amount of 830.80 pounds.
On actions of Ben-Ezra, became known in May, when a message from the alias “Malcolm Edwards”, containing information on 400 clients Foxy Bingo, were sent to some people from the British gaming industry with an offer to sell a larger quantity of information. After Cashcade notified breach, the company hired a detective agency to track the man behind the leak. Agency has proposed the purchase of the remaining data by contacting Ben-Ezra, by mail, and offering 1700 lbs. During the deal Ben-Ezra also admitted that he has 404 clients data Gala Coral since 2008. Then, the agency informed the company and the game ICO. Subsequent investigations led to the ICO Ben-Ezra, thanks to the mail address that was registered to the address of the company his stepfather. He confessed to the crime during interrogation in the ICO.
Commissioner for Information, Christopher Graham commended the companies involved in the process, but said the case highlighted the need occurred in more severe penalties to discourage trade in personal data.
“I am grateful Cashcade Limited and Gala Coral for their work on the disclosure of illegal activity. However, we still do not punish, the crime,” – he said. ”ICO continues to push the government to activate the law of 2008, which will allow the court to consider other penalties such as community service or imprisonment.”