The BBC reports that businesses are increasingly selling on personal details in order to boost their sales figures.Credit card information through to even sexual orientation disclosures were sold on to other companies with 60% of the firms surveyed accepting they had suffered security breaches in respect to storage of personal data.In 90% of these cases the firms had not informed customers of any security lapse.
I suppose this is nothing new. Way back when I used to advertise in the Yellow Pages I was aware that they sold on my details on to other firms. I was often deluged with telephone cold calling a few months before the new directory came out and these companies already had the details of the new advert to hand.
A short time ago the DVLA was discovered to be selling on car driver’s personal details and only stopped this once publicity surrounding this became adverse.
For many our personal details are a commodity to be bought & sold on the open market.