The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has confirmed the prosecution of a former family intervention officer at St Helens Borough Council for unlawfully accessing social services records. Rachel Anderton pleaded guilty to one offence of unlawfully obtaining personal data, a breach of s170(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018, and was fined £92.00, ordered to pay court costs of £385.00 and a victim surcharge of £32.00. An internal council audit found that Anderton had viewed records on the council’s case management system without a valid business reason. The defendant unlawfully looked at the records of 145 people whilst employed in the social services department. Anderton resigned from the council before disciplinary proceedings commenced.
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