UK Data Authority Jails Car Repairman for Data Theft

UK Data Authority Jails Car Repairman for Data Theft

The Information Commissioner’s Office said this week that for the first time, an individual will be handed a prison sentence for a case that it has prosecuted.

The case involves a car repairman by the name of Mustafa Kasim who was found guilty of stealing accident information, names, phone numbers, and vehicle details from a former employer. Kasim also used the login details of a former co-worker to illegally access the information.

The ICO typically prosecutes cases like this under the Data Protection Act, which does not lead to a prison sentence. However, it opted to use the Computer Misuse Act on this occasion which gives the court greater latitude in terms of sentencing.

Source: BBC

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