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ICO pursues wider sentencing powers for data offenders

Published On: 1 February 2016

What does this cover?

The ICO is once again seeking tougher data theft sentencing powers following the Sindy Nagra data theft case. Ms Nagra, who was employed at the time as an administrative assistant at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, pleaded guilty to the theft of a number of Enterprise Rent-A-Car customer records which were sold on to claims companies for personal injury canvassing purposes. Ms Nagra received £5,000 for the sale of 28,000 records but at Isleworth Crown Court, on 8 January 2016, she was ordered to pay just £1,000, plus £864.40 for the costs of prosecution and a £100 victim surcharge.

The ICO commented that, "This fine highlights the limited options the courts have. Sindy Nagra got £5,000 in cash in return for stealing thousands of people’s information. She lost her job when she was caught, and has no money to pay a fine, and the courts have to reflect that. But we’d like to see the courts given more options: suspended sentences, community service, and even prison in the most serious cases".

To view the ICO press release, please click here.

What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?

We await further developments in this area.