IE: Credit Union investigator fined €5k over data breach

Tom Tuite provides the update on a previously reported breach:

A private investigator has been fined €5,000 after he was convicted of breaking data protection laws by obtaining private personal information held by gardai and the ESB.

Judge John O’Neill heard that credit unions hired the services of former garda Michael J Gaynor, now trading as MJG Investigations, from Beatty Grove, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, to track down bad debtors who were in arrears with their loans.

He then provided them with “trace reports” to assist them locate debtors for the purpose of initiating legal proceedings.

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