Not an employment case, but the Winchester Crown Court recently dealt with three former employees of a car rental company who had taken customer information and sold it on. The employees sold the information to accident claims companies for hundreds of thousands, which was used for cold calls about personal injury claims.
One employee was fined £7,500 payable within two years or a 3 month prison sentence would apply. The others, who had already made payments through civil legal action, were given 12 month conditional discharges but ordered to pay costs of £4,200.
This is a reminder that some employment issues will not just result in disciplinary action or dismissal, but can have criminal consequences and employers need to ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to protect their information.