Recruitment Agent gets Fired for taking information

Updated: Apr 13


Recruitment Agent takes information from one company to another and it’s against the law

The source of this article was the ICO. This particular story is dated when the Data Protection Act (January 2017) had not been preceded by GDPR.


A recruitment consultant has been indicted for taking customer records containing individual data to her new position.


Rebecca Gray confessed at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on 18 January to a section 55 containing offence under the Data Protection Act.


The litigant, who worked for Elite Employment Group in Widnes, messaged the contact DETAILS of more than 100 customers to her own email address and utilized the data to get in touch with them in her new role at an adversary recruitment agency.


Ms Gray said she hadn’t intended to deliberately cause hurt and that she was upset for what had occurred. The court heard she had along these lines lost her employment in recruitment.

She was fined £200, requested to pay £214 arraignment costs and a £30 injured individual additional charge.


“We’re asking people to stop and think about the consequences before taking information.


“Most people know it’s wrong but they don’t seem to realise it’s a criminal offence and that they could end up in court and also lose their job.


“What people think is a minor mistake can lead to job loss, a day in court and a fine.”

Steve Eckersley, ICO Head of Enforcement stated: “Taking customers’ close to home data when you change employments for your very own advantage or advantage of the organization is illegal.

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