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 February 13, 2012  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Non-U.S.

How many times have we talked about the risks of information being used against us by insurance carriers? Here’s a case where it reportedly happened in Ireland:

Three insurance companies have pleaded guilty to breaching the Data Protection laws by using social welfare information obtained by a private investigator.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner said the breaches by Zurich, FBD and Travellers were “very serious” and sent a message to the industry that information needed to be obtained lawfully.

In December 2010 the office of the Data Protection Commissioners was notified of a possible breach of the act by the Department of Social Protection.

As part of the investigation they visited the office of Reliance Private Investigators in Kildare.

They found evidence of social welfare data being passed onto three insurance companies.

Read more on RTÉ.

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