Belfast Telegraph

Mobile phone sellers warned on personal data

Half of second-hand mobile phones contain personal data "carelessly" left on by owners, new research shows today.

A study by marketing services group CPP found that credit card numbers, bank account details and company information had been left on mobiles and SIM cards. A survey of more than 2,000 adults revealed that most believed they had wiped information from their mobiles before selling them. Danny Harrison, of CPP, said: "This report is a shocking wake-up call and shows how mobile phones can inadvertently cause people to be careless with their personal data."