HomeInsightsEmployee prosecuted for unlawfully obtaining personal data

Rebecca Gray was prosecuted at Warrington Magistrates’ Court for the offence of unlawfully obtaining data. The defendant, who at the time worked at a recruitment agency based in Widnes, emailed the personal data of approximately 100 clients and potential clients to her personal email address as she was leaving to start a new role at a rival recruitment company. Ms Gray used the information in order to contact those individuals in her new job.

Ms Gray pleaded guilty to the offence under s 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998, and was fined £200, ordered to pay £214 prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge. To read the ICO’s press release, click here.