An ex-employee of Leicester City Council (‘Council’) has been prosecuted by Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court for taking details of users of Leicester City Council’s Adult Social Care Department without the consent of the Council.

The Council discovered that shortly before leaving their employment, the individual had emailed a private account 34 times with the personal information of 349 individuals. The information included sensitive personal data such as medical conditions and care needs.

The employee had left the employment of the Council before they could take disciplinary action, but the Council referred the matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’).

He was fined £160 by the Court, ordered to pay £364.08 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge, after pleading guilty to the offence of unlawfully obtaining personal data without the consent of the data controller.

Click here to read the ICO’s news update regarding the prosecution.