On February 24, an employee of the of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) and a private detective were arrested in connection with investigations into the illegal passing on of telecommunication personal data to a third party. As reported by Stefanos Evripidou:
The information included incoming and outgoing calls and text messages for certain CyTA clients. The 35-year-old is reportedly one of only a handful of employees who have full access to the kind of personal data which allegedly ended up in the detective’s hands.
Although not confirmed at this time, the employee is suspected of passing the data on to a third party who, in turn, passed it on to the private detective, who is a former police officer.
Today, George Psyllides reports that the two suspects will remain in custody:
Police have information on 22 cases where personal telecommunications data had been disclosed illegally.
Katsounotos said the police have not yet notified any of the 22 people whose data had been stolen. The employee is believed to have stored telecommunications data beyond the legal boundary of six months and then passed that information on to a third person.
Police said that one computer confiscated from the his office in Amathounda showed that personal data from 2008 had been stored on a memory stick, which police are now looking for.
Read more in the Cyprus Mail.