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Section 55 of the UK Data Protection Act breached by SAI Property Investments Limited

The company, trading as IPS Property Services, has been fined £260, a £15 victim surcharge and £702.08 prosecution costs for obtaining details about their tenants from a rogue employee at Sloug Borough Council. A Director at the company was fined a further £260 for two offences, a £15 victim surcharge and £351.03 prosecution costs.

The rogue employee gave the firm information regarding Housing and Council Tax Benefit relating to the victim – he was fined £690 for three offences.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said : “this case highlights the need for a more appropriate range of deterrent punishments to be made available to the courts.”

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