European Data Protection Digest

Court Hands Down Punishments for Breach

PRIVACY LAW—UK

April 6, 2012

Two individuals and a property investment firm have been found guilty of breaching the Data Protection Act after unlawfully obtaining details about tenants, according to the Information Commissioner's Office. SAI Property Investments was fined penalties and prosecution costs, as was Sundeep Jaswal for asking an employee--who was also fined--to collect and provide details about the tenants from housing records to settle outstanding debts. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said the case speaks to the need for tougher penalties for abuses of the Data Protection Act to deter future crimes. Meanwhile, Devon County Council accidentally sent pay slips to the wrong employees.
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