Germans Urge Tougher Laws After New Privacy Scandal
German politicians called for tougher privacy laws on Tuesday after officials revealed personal and financial information on millions of Germans was readily available for cash on the Internet.
The scandal over the illegal trading of bank account and phone data came just months after snooping cases at some major German corporations raised alarms.
The new debate was triggered by reports that a call centre employee alerted authorities to a problem with his company's data collection practices by handing over data on some 17,000 addresses and bank account details to a privacy protection office in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein.
Prosecutors have launched an investigation.