John Rees reports that Virgin Media may be running afoul of the Data Protection Act:
Virgin Media has been allocating previously used email addresses to new customers, leading to potential breaches of privacy.
If a new customer using a recycled address attempts to register with a website that happens to have been used by the former subscriber, the site will inform them that they are already registered.
The website will unwittingly send the new subscriber the former customer’s password on request, allowing them to view personal information- perhaps including bank account details.
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