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Mobile phone network director fined for data offences

A company director has been fined after illegally accessing one of Everything Everywhere’s (EE) customer databases.

Mobile phone network director fined for data offences Credit: Press Association

Matthew Devlin, 25, from Halifax, Yorkshire, used details of when customers were due a mobile phone upgrade to target them with services offered by his own telecoms companies.

He had impersonated a member of EE’s security team during calls and emails to the phone company, in an attempt to obtain passwords and login details to their customer database. He succeeded on one occasion, and was able to access the records of 1,066 customers.

Devlin, a director of three marketing and telecoms companies, appeared before Calderdale Magistrates’ Court today. He was fined £500, ordered to pay £438.63 costs and an £50 victim surcharge.

Personal data is a valuable commodity. Devlin lied and manipulated to access this information for his own profit and now he’s facing a fine and a criminal conviction. EE swiftly alerted us to this breach and their security procedures allowed the ICO to identify Devlin as the perpetrator.

– ICO Head of Enforcement Stephen Eckersley

Fines like this are no deterrent. Our personal details are worth serious money to rogue operators. If we don't want people to steal our personal details or buy and sell them as they like, then we need to show them how serious we are taking this. And that means the prospect of prison for the most serious cases.

– Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner

MP welcomes plans to improve mobile phone coverage

The MP for Lincoln has welcomed new steps being taken by the government to improve mobile coverage and end ‘partial not-spots’ – areas where there is coverage from one or more but not all of the four mobile networks – in Lincolnshire.

15.6 per cent of Lincolnshire suffer from partial not-spots Credit: Press Association

Currently 15.6 per cent of Lincolnshire suffer from these partial not-spots making it harder for people to communicate and businesses to operate, and putting growth and jobs at risk.

Karl McCartney MP says he is working with mobile operators to find voluntary solutions but says he could consider legislation to improve coverage.

Currently 15.6 per cent of Lincolnshire has poor mobile coverage which is causing frustration for people trying to make a call or send a text and making it more difficult for businesses to operate and grow. Conservatives are not prepared to let this continue. That is why we are now looking at how we can eliminate ‘partial not-spots’ and make it easier to communicate in our County. As part of this we will continue to work with mobile companies as well as considering changing the law so that people can use a different mobile network if they can’t get a signal with their own network. Ensuring people and businesses in Lincolnshire can get good mobile coverage is a key part of our long-term economic plan that will help businesses to grow and more jobs, giving people greater financial security and peace of mind.

– Karl McCartney MP

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"Crime-fighting cube" will tackle congestion at crash scenes

New crime-fighting equipment piloted by Humberside Police will be unveiled at an event in Scunthorpe today - ahead of it being rolled out across the UK.

Dubbed "the cube", it can glean information from cars involved in accidents - including speed and brake application at the point of collision.

John Rusted, Senior Collision Investigator for Humberside Police, explains it will reduce congestion at the scene of a crash:

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Yorkshire Dales gets superfast broadband

It's hoped the broadband will help local businesses become more competitive Credit: PA

A superfast broadband service will be launched in the Yorkshire Dales later today. The area was part of the one percent of the country without access to the high speed technology. It's hoped the new service will allow local businesses to become more competitive.

The arrival of Superfast Broadband will be a transformational game-changer for the remoter communities we have here in the Upper Dales, as it will level the playing field for our deeply rural communities, and allow us to compete with the more populated areas of the country - the towns and the cities. I am sure its availability will play a key role in arresting the outflow of young people that has become a very worrying trend recently - they understandably are voting with their feet to chase higher quality career and educational opportunities beyond the Upper Dales, the very sort that use Superfast Broadband as their stock-in-trade. Now they can stay here amidst our stunning scenery and we can compete for their presence on an equal footing.

– Cllr John Blackie

High-tech officers to spend more time on the beat

Humberside police officers will be able to spend more time on the beat thanks to new tablet computers which are being distributed throughout the force starting from today.

More time on the beat Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Over the coming months the tablets will be handed out to neighbourhood and emergency response officers who will be able to access police data systems while on the move, reducing the need for them to return to police stations to complete paperwork and access data.

It is claimed this new way of working will dramatically increase their time ‘on the beat’. Trials showed savings of up to two hours per shift were being made for each officer using the new technology.

Almost £1.5m of funding was secured from central government to support the bid.

Bradford residents must dial area code for local calls

From today residents in Bradford must dial the 01274 area code when making local calls.

There are no changes to the cost of local calls and if you forget to dial 01274 first then there is a free recorded message to remind you.

The industry regulator Ofcom is making the change to make sure there are enough phone numbers to go around. By including the area code in all local numbers, they can free up many more numbers.

For more information click here.

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