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O2 Fixes 'Accidental' Leak of Phone Numbers 42

judgecorp writes "British mobile operator O2 says it has stopped sharing users phone numbers with all websites, and says the breach was an accident. Yesterday, users found that the operator was automatically passing their mobile numbers to any site they visited, while using O2's mobile network,"
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O2 Fixes 'Accidental' Leak of Phone Numbers

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  • Re:O2 "Fixes" ? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jo_ham ( 604554 ) <joham999&gmail,com> on Thursday January 26, 2012 @11:34AM (#38829761)

    "Caught red handed"

    What do you mean? It was a mistake that started on January 12th and was corrected when it was noticed, yesterday.

    You make it sound like this was some secret, evil scheme.

  • by biodata ( 1981610 ) on Thursday January 26, 2012 @11:58AM (#38830129)
    Does trusted partners include every internet link and server between them and their trusted partners? The main problem seems to be that they are sharing people's private information in an insecure, unencrypted format (plain text), using an insecure, unencrypted mechanism (http headers) with the internet at large. Isn't this a dereliction of their duty to protect the privacy of their customers' information?

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