Insurance firm and two senior figures handed record data breach fines

Fines totalling more than £150,000 handed down over use of private detectives to illegally obtain private banking records

An insurance firm and two senior figures connected with the company have been given record fines for using private detectives to illegally obtain the private banking records of a businessman they were investigating.

The fines, totalling more than £150,000, were described by an official watchdog as the highest ever imposed under the Data Protection Act for unlawfully acquiring personal information.

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