Sir Alan Beith the Chairman of the Justice Committee has been looking at the issue of data theft and the impact it has on victims. Sir Alan highlighted the fact that monetary gain is much greater than the penalty – which is a relatively low fine. In one case where a nurse was providing her boyfriend who worked for an accident claim management company with patient details was only fined £150.00
In another case a woman whose husband had been convicted of sexual assault was monitoring the banking details of the victim and she was fined £100.
Christopher Graham has warned MPs that there are insufficient powers to investigate some issues of information abuse and Sir Alan has backed this up saying “The Information Commissioner’s lack of inspection power is limiting his ability,”
Sir Alan has called on MPs to examine how to give the Information Commissioner the tools to investigate breaches properly and jail terms be made available to the sentencing judges.