Tamoco location data sharing

Occurred: May 2020

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Norwegian broadcaster NRK has revealed that UK location data broker Tamoco has been selling large volumes of personally identifiable data. NRK had bought raw location data for 140,000 mobile devices for GBP 3,000, enabling the broadcaster to identify individuals and track military personnel.

Norwegian data protection authority Datatilsynet subsequently condemned the sale of Norwegians' location data, and alerted other EU data protection authorities, including the UK Information Commissioner's Office ('ICO').

The ICO subsequently announced its own investigation into Tamoco. According to the BBC, the ICO reprimanded Tamoco in October 2021 for 'failing to provide sufficient privacy information to UK citizens'.

Operator: Tamoco
Developer: Tamoco
Country: Norway, UK
Sector: Technology
Purpose: Assess & enhance location data
Technology: Location tracking
Issue: Privacy
Transparency: Governance; Privacy

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Type: Incident
Published: April 2021
Last updated: October 2021