ICO: Passport Details of FIFA Fans Safe

Bob Styran, IT audit expert
January 13, 2011 /

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has released a statement January 13, 2011 belying the previous report of a Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet alleging that “a database containing the personal information of 250,000 individuals who had purchased tickets for football matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup competition in Germany” had been leaked to the black market.

The ICO opened an investigation in September 2010 to look into the reports coming out purporting such an infringement to the data of FIFA ticket holders.

Mick Gorrill, head of enforcement at the ICO, said in a statement that there is no truth to this allegation specifically stating that “personal information, including the passport details of 35,689 ticket purchasers from the UK” had been illegally purchased by a Norwegian organization.

“We have no reason to believe that the passport details of ticket purchasers from the UK are at risk,” Gorrill said.

Dagbladet said in its report that an official ticket provider at FIFA, who is also working for a Manchester-based firm, had sold the ticket lists containing personal data of those who bought FIFA World Cup tickets.

The ICO determined that a company in Germany working on behalf of the German Football Association and the FIFA World Cup Organising Committee has actually created the database, Gorrill’s statement read.

“The ICO has concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that any
person has unlawfully obtained personal information within the UK, or
that any person or organisation has breached UK data protection laws,” Gorrill said.

Together with the ICO, a Norwegian data protection authority has also conducted an investigation into the alleged FIFA data breach.


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