Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Data protection scam in Scotland bilks companies

The Scotsman reports that companies in Scotland have been recieving bogus notices requiring that they register under the Data Protection Act, a pay a significant fee: Business - Top Stories - Firms warned over data protection scam:

"UNSUSPECTING businesses throughout Scotland are being hit with bogus notices demanding money under the 1998 Data Protection Act (DPA), at a UK-wide cost of more than £3 million.

More than 30,000 individuals, or 200 businesses a month, have so far fallen victim to fake data protection agencies posing as official government bodies, and assistant Information Commissioner for Scotland, Bob Turnbull, warned that activity in Scotland appeared to be picking up. ... "

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