Employees could expression a outlaw prosecution if they access or part personal data without a valid reason, the info Commissioners Office has warned.
The warning came after Birmingham Magistrates' court fined two workers in break cases for hacking data protection laws.
Faye Caughey, 32, of Ringswood Road, Solihull was employed at the Heart of England NHS substructure trust (HEFT) when she unlawfully accessed the personal records of 14 individuals between February 2017 and august 2017.
The lawcourt heard that as part of her job, Ms Caughey was authorised to access records of adults on ii break systems HEFTs iCare and CareFirst from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.
But an internal investigation found that Ms Caughey viewed personal data of seven fellowship members on iCare and seven children known to her on CareFirst. There was no business need for her to do this and so, she broke data protection law.
Ms Caughey pleaded guilty to hacking s55 and s60 of the data Protection roleplay 1998 (DPA1998) when she appeared at birmingham Magistrates' courtroom on 15 mar 2019. She was fined £1,000, with a £50 victim surcharge, and was ordered to pay £590 towards prosecution costs.
In a separate case, the court heard that Jayana Morgan Davis, 32, of wood greenness Road, birmingham forwarded several work emails containing personal data of customers and other employees to her personal email account in August 2017, weeks before resigning from her role at V12 Sports and Classics Ltd.
At Birmingham Magistrates' lawcourt on 15 march 2019, Ms Morgan davis admitted to triad offences of unlawfully obtaining personal data in hack of s55 and s60 of the DPA1998. She was fined £200, with a £30 victim surcharge, and was ordered to pay £590 towards prosecution costs.