Fines imposed for unlawful trading in customer personal data

A former car rental company employee has been convicted of unlawfully obtaining, disclosing and selling personal data. The buyer of the records has also been convicted.

While working from home as an administrative assistant, the employee had photographed on-screen customer records received from an insurance company. These included policy holder and claim information, typically concerning individuals involved in road traffic accidents. The employee sold copies of 28,000 records to a man she claimed to have met after he approached her husband in a pub. She was fined £1,000, ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £864.40 in prosecution costs.

In a separate case, the buyer was fined £1,000, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £864.40 and a victim surcharge.

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