Second estate agent prosecuted for data offence

The hearing took place at Cwmbran Magistrates Court. Mr Newbound been ordered to pay a £100 fine, £250 towards prosecution costs, and a £15 victims’ surcharge.

The Data Protection Act 1998 requires every organisation or person who is processing personal information in an automated form to notify, unless they are exempt. Failure to notify is a criminal offence and could lead to a fine of up to £5,000 in a Magistrates Court, or unlimited fines in a Crown Court.

Assistant Commissioner for Wales, Anne Jones, said:

"The fact that this is the second prosecution against an estate agent that the ICO has brought to court this month proves that the industry still needs to take its legal responsibilities more seriously.

"We are currently writing to all estate and lettings agents in the UK to remind them to check their requirements under the Data Protection Act.

The message behind today’s prosecution is clear – ignore our warning and you too could end up in court." 

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