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Drink-driving South Yorkshire Police employee sues the force


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A former South Yorkshire Police employee who was dismissed for drink-driving has sued the force.

The woman, who had been a Metropolitan Police staff member for 21 years before joining South Yorkshire Police, was dismissed after six years for a drink-driving charge.

But she has now sued the force for a GDPR breach after her details were disclosed to an “incorrect third party”.

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An ex-colleague and friend had contacted the woman to say they had been contacted by a third party and been granted access to her disciplinary file, which included her name, address and barring status.

The woman then contacted Liverpool-based High Street Solicitors to undertake legal proceedings and has since been awarded £1,750 in damages from the force.

She said: “This data breach has caused a great amount of stress for me and my family. I was unable to speak to my family and closest friends about the dismissal as it was so upsetting, and to think a third party had access to the disciplinary hearing and result is deeply disturbing.

“The information disclosed is incredibly sensitive and I have felt highly embarrassed, stressed and anxious about this data breach. I can only thank High Street Solicitors for taking legal action which will hopefully ensure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

Niamh Jones, head of Data Breach at High Street Solicitors, said: “No one’s personal and sensitive information should be shared without their consent.

“This is a very private matter and the claimant has suffered an immense amount of distress as a result of the data breach.

“I’d urge anyone who believes their personal details have been shared without their consent to contact us. We will work to recover compensation for all data breaches.”

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