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UK watchdog wants prison for data 'blagging'

twoheadedboy (2025278) writes | about 3 years ago

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twoheadedboy writes "Serious breaches of the Data Protection Act such as 'blagging' should warrant prison sentences, according to information commissioner Christopher Graham. Data blagging is where someone "knowingly or recklessly" obtains or discloses personal data without the consent of the data controller. The calls came after a 'shocking' case which saw a bank cashier pleading guilty to accessing the personal data of a sex attack victim. The man convicted for that attack was the cashier's husband. Sarah Langridge — a former employee of Barclays Bank — claimed she wanted to build a picture of the woman who had accused her husband so she accessed the victim's bank accounts."
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