Former Managing Director of No 1 Accident Claims Limited based in Manchester has been reported to have earned over £1.4 million from selling customer data illegally.
The former director, David Cullen appeared before Manchester Crown Court earlier this week (24 June), pleading guilty to 21 charges of unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data, breaching section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The incident took place between March 2010 and December 2012, when the firm eventually liquidated.
Cullen was subsequently fined £1,050 and ordered to pay £250 costs for his actions.
Michael Shaw, Group Manager – Enforcement at the ICO has said:
“The volume of confidential personal information found in Cullen’s possession showed his blatant disregard of people’s right to privacy and our data protection laws.
He continued: “The confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act is a warning shot to anyone using or thinking about using personal data illegally. We can and will take action which can have a huge effect on your personal life including confiscating assets and earnings – whatever they may be.”
Cullen is believed to have insufficient assets to cover confiscation order despite profiting a total of £1,434,679.60 from the personal data sales, as such, the Court continued by making a £1 nominal order until his finances improve.
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