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Probe after British bank customers' details 'sold on' to brokers

Published on Feb 9, 2014 1:29 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's data watchdog launched a probe on Sunday after confidential files relating to Barclays Bank customers were allegedly stolen then sold on to rogue brokers.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said it would be looking into the case this week, after it was revealed in The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

The tabloid said highly sensitive information - including bank customers' savings, earnings, insurance policies, mortgages health issues - had found its way into the hands of "unscrupulous brokers".

The newspaper claimed such information was valuable on the black market because it allows individuals to be targeted in investment scams.

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