The International Online Bridge Club (Bridge Player
LIVE!), Europe's foremost provider of live Internet bridge (http://www.bridgeplayer.com)
was recently forced to instruct solicitors to protect its confidential,
copyrighted database that had been downloaded from Online Bridges
computer without its knowledge or consent.
IOBC are the service provider for the English Bridge
Unions ("EBU") own Online Bridge Club (http://www.ebuonline.co.uk).
An IOBC computer was being used for a demonstration of
the EBU Online Bridge Club at the EBUs annual Summer Congress in
Brighton, England last August. A third party obtained details of more than
25,000 contact addresses from this computer, without permission, and the
database was stored onto floppy disk.
The disk was passed to British bridge journalist, Mark
Horton, who gave the database to E-Bridge Inc, a US based competitor of
IOBC. Mailings using this data were made by E-Bridge who were immediately
contacted by IOBCs solicitors to stop further activity.
E-Bridge have since signed an undertaking, without
admitting liability, confirming they have stopped using the information
and that it has been deleted from their computer system. E-Bridge have
maintained that they did not know how the disk had been obtained.
Mr Horton, for his part, has agreed to an out of court
settlement for undisclosed costs and damages.
The International On Line Bridge Club Limited14 Landons Close, Prestons Road London E14 9QQ
Contact: Nicholas A. Justice, Managing Director
Tel: +44 (020) 7538 8215 Fax: +44 (020) 7515 3887