Bank employee fined for viewing the account of her partner’s ex-wife

A former employee of Barclays Bank has been fined £500 after pleading guilty to unlawfully viewing bank account details belonging to her partner’s ex-wife.

Lara Davies pleaded guilt to a total of 11 offences under the Data Protection Act. In addition to the fine, she was also ordered to pay £1,410.80 in prosecution costs, plus a £15 victim surcharge

The breach came to light during negotiations over a divorce settlement between Ms Davies’ partner and his former wife. The latter became suspicious when details of transactions on internet auction site eBay were raised during a meeting.

The wife informed Barclays and when they launched an investigation, Ms Davies left her job.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said:

“High street bank staff have access to financial information on a day-to-day basis, and are expected to treat that privilege with professionalism…The only surprise here is that – in an age where our personal information is being stored and accessed by more organisations than ever – the penalties for abusing the system are so inadequate.”

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Marilyn Stowe

The senior partner at Stowe Family Law, Marilyn Stowe is one of Britain’s best known divorce lawyers with clients throughout the country, in Europe, the Far East and the USA.

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