Employee Prosecuted for Data Protection Offences

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In our latest brief Thomas Carroll Management Services discuss how an employee was prosecuted for data protection offences.

The last few years have seen an increase in the number of complaints regarding employees who unlawfully take personal data from their workplace.

Recently, an employee of Rochdale Connections Trust, was prosecuted for making his own copies of sensitive data.

Robert Morrisey, sent spreadsheets containing the information of vulnerable clients to his personal email address without the knowledge of his employer, the Rochdale Connections Trust.

The defendant sent 11 emails from his work email including personal data that included full names, dates of birth, telephone numbers and medical information.


Mr Morrisey admitted unlawfully obtaining personal data in breach of Section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. On his appearance at Preston Crown Court he was given a conditional discharge for two years and also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,845.25, including a victim surcharge.

For all organisations, the importance of data security and legal processing of data is of paramount importance. Employers should review their employment contracts in time for the introduction of the new GDPR regulations, which are due to be introduced in May 2018.


For further information, please contact employment@thomas-carroll.co.uk

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