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Gregory Oram has been prosecuted at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court for an offence of unlawfully obtaining personal data.

The defendant, who at the time worked at a recruitment agency based in Hertfordshire, emailed the personal data of approximately 500 candidates to his personal email address as he was leaving to start a new rival recruitment company. The data included contact details, candidate files consisting of identification and qualification documents, references, DBS checks, as well as a large number of CVs. Mr Oram took the data to use as potential clients for his new business.

Mr Oram pleaded guilty to the offence under s 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998, and was fined £170, ordered to pay £360 prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge. To read the ICO’s statement, click here.