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GDPR Fine For Directors

by Adam Brogden
in Blog

09-Oct-2019 13:04

A former managing director of a claims management company who unlawfully obtained and sold personal data has been prosecuted.

The managing director of a company based in Manchester was fined a huge amount after abusing data. The core business of the company was the obtaining and subsequent sale of personal data relating to policy holders of car insurance who had been involved in road traffic accidents.

The director appeared before the local Crown Court on several counts of unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data in breach of s55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. He was sentenced to a fine totalling £1050.00, ordered to pay costs of £250.00 and was disqualified from being a director for five years. Worst still, a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was commenced with the benefit figure from the illegal activity totalling £1,434,679.60 was made.

This is a pretty extreme example but just goes to show that Directors can be personally liable for breaches under the Data Protection Act and GDPR!

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