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Motor industry employee sentenced to 8 months imprisonment in Computer Misuse Act prosecution

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

A motor industry employee has been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, in a prosecution brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office. Kim Doyle, who worked for the RAC, transferred personal data to an accident claims management firm without authorisation. Doyle, 33, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to secure unauthorised access to computer data, and to selling unlawfully obtained personal data, at a hearing in January 2020. She was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 8 January 2021. The court heard that Doyle compiled lists of road traffic accident data including partial names, mobile phone numbers and registration numbers despite having no permission from her employers.

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