British mobile firms call on Liberty

Mobile phone companies are seeking an endorsement from Liberty, the civil rights group, to assuage consumer concerns over possible misuse of the private data they hold on file.The campaign group has been approached by several firms seeking its seal of approval, a reflection of growing customer unease about the practice of selling on personal information to third parties and the risk that companies could be forced to hand over sensitive data to the government. No deals have been signed, but if industry players could secure Liberty’s endorsement, it would be a coup for those attempting to persuade users that they can be trusted with such private data.To read this article in full in The Observer, see www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/oct/26/mobile-privacy-liberty-data-orange.

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