Data alarm for Estonians

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Estonia is in uproar over the black market sale of personal information on thousands of citizens that was stolen from government data banks.

The Baltic News Service said Prime Minister Tiit Vahi has carpeted the heads of agencies where information was leaked and promised a full inquiry. According to police, copies of government databases containing thousands of telephone numbers, corporate and vehicle data are now for sale on the black market. Such information, police say, is of particular value to organised crime. Tallinn - AP