The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has prosecuted a former employee who transferred information about company clients before moving to his new job.

The employee was working at a waste management company in Shropshire when he sent an email containing the details of 957 clients to his personal email address. He was leaving to start a new role at a rival company. The email contained personal data such as contact details and purchase history of customers and other commercially sensitive information.

The employee was prosecuted under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). He appeared at Telford Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to unlawfully obtaining personal data and was fined £300 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £405.98 in costs.

See: ICO News, 27th May 2016