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Employee fined £900 for illegally sharing personal data

Makbool Javaid

The ICO has warned employees about the potential consequences of illegally sharing personal data that they have access to as part of their job. The warning followed a recruitment manager being prosecuted and fined for breaching S.55 of the Data Protection Act, i.e. he had illegally disclosed the personal information of job applicants to a third-party employment agency. He was found to have sent copies of 26 CVs containing the personal data of applicants seeking employment with HomeServe to an external recruitment firm, without a business need to do so. He was fined £573 and ordered to pay costs of £364 and a victim surcharge of £57, totalling £994.

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