Burgled companies could face massive civil suits if important data is later used by the criminals, according to the Data Protection Registrar's office.
Rosemary Jay, legal adviser to the Data Protection Registrar, warned that if a person?s data was taken in a burglary and used by criminals the company could file a civil case for damages.
?The business is legally required to protect data. Individuals can sue if data is compromised even if the company is not the agent of the leak,? Jay said.
She added that, if a person sued, it would be up to the company to prove in court that it had done all that was reasonable to protect the information in its care.
Different levels of data detail required heavier levels of protection - both electronic and otherwise.
British Gas was hit with a possible data protection claim earlier this year when a gas maintenance contractor used an illegally obtained list of its customers to sign up some new clients. When his firm went bust, a group of his customers claimed that British Gas was responsible for their disruption of service because it had unwittingly given their addresses to the contractor.
British Gas admitted no liability but came to an agreement with the affected customers. Jay said that she had not heard of any other cases going to court, but since the cases were civil matters the Data Protection Registrar would not be involved.
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