The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently launched a new SME data protection web hub. This hub provides useful and relevant information for newly established organisations or those who have been trading for a while but want to ensure they are getting it right.
The page covers FAQ’s, hot topics and guidance around the data protection fee. The Hub can be found here.
In other news two council employees from Walsall and Dorset have been prosecuted in separate cases for inappropriately accessing personal records without authority or good reason. In the first case, which was prosecuted under the Data Protection Act 1998, the officer was sentenced to a fine of £450, ordered to pay costs of £364 and a victim surcharge of £45. In the second case heard at the Poole Magistrates’ Court, the officer admitted one offence of unlawfully obtaining personal data which a breach of the Data Protection Act 2019. She was sentenced to a 6 month conditional discharge, ordered to pay costs of £700 and a victim surcharge of £20.
As always, if you have a legal query please get in touch with the FSB Legal Helpline on 0345 0727727 and we'll be happy to assist you.