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Waste employee fined after data breach

A former waste disposal employee has been fined after taking information about previous clients to a new job.

Mark Lloyd, who worked at Acorn Waste Management in Shropshire, emailed the details of 957 clients to his personal email address as he was leaving to start a new role at a rival company.

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the documents contained personal information including the contact details and purchase history of customers and commercially sensitive information.

Telford magistrates court

Telford magistrates court

Appearing at Telford Magistrates’ Court (pictured) on 26 May, Lloyd admitted unlawfully obtaining data and was prosecuted under section 55 of the Data Protection Act.

He was fined £300, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £406 costs.

Steve Eckersley, head of enforcement at the ICO, said: “Taking client records that contain personal information to a new job, without permission, is a criminal offence.

“Employees need to be aware that documents containing personal data they have produced or worked on belong to their employer and are not theirs to take with them when they leave. Don’t risk a day in court by being ignorant of the law.”

Unlawfully obtaining or accessing personal data is a criminal offence under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

The offence is currently only punishable with a fine. The ICO has called for more effective deterrents, including the threat of prison, to be available to the courts to stop the unlawful use of personal information.

According to his social media profile, Lloyd moved from being Acorn’s business development executive to waste data firm Reconomy’s national account manager in December.

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