Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

SBB mistakenly hoards fare-dodger data

Share this article

SBB mistakenly hoards fare-dodger data
Photo: SBB
10:04 CEST+02:00
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) violated the country's privacy laws by secretly storing information about 250,000 passengers checked for not having a valid train ticket going back to 1999.

The list was discovered during a recent review of the SBB’s fare-dodger database by the federal data protection agency, the SonntagsZeitung newspaper reported.

The database contained the names of more than half a million public transport users, the newspaper said.

But around half of this number related to incidents more than two years old, which the SBB by law was not permitted to keep, an official from the data protection agency told the newspaper.

The state-owned railway had previously maintained that it automatically removed names from the list after two years.

In fact, it kept the names much longer, including those who were valid holders of passes who had forgotten them at home when checked.

“The long retention (of names) violates the principle of proportionality and thus goes against the Data Protection Act,” Elaine Schmid, a spokeswoman for the Swiss data protection agency told SonntagsZeitung.

SBB spokesman Stephan Wehrle confirmed to the newspaper that the SBB had never deleted the customer data but he said this was due to a technical computer problem “which, unfortunately was not noticed until late”.

A legal deadline for the deletion of such data after two years was introduced earlier this month.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university tackling the challenges of tomorrow

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement