Police IT worker fined for misuse of data

IT employee working for Gwent Police has been fined £400 for using control room
computers to investigate people she knew, in breach of the UK’s Data Protection
Act (DPA), according to The Western Mail newspaper.

Thomas was suspended after, in what was described as "foolishness and
boredom", she looked up the police records on four of her friends.

the DPA it is an offence to obtain personal data on an individual without the
consent of the person in charge of the database on which the information is

who is facing disciplinary action at the Cwmbran police control room, was fined
£100 by magistrates for each of the four offences, and ordered to pay £50 in

By Daniel Thomas

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