A former police officer’s claim for a £20,000 damages award to be significantly increased to reflect the distress he suffered as a result of the theft of his sensitive personal data has been rejected by a court in Northern Ireland.
The former Special Branch officer, referred to only as ‘CR19’ in the judgment issued by Northern Ireland’s Court of Appeal, was awarded nominal damages of £1 to reflect the fact that the chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) had admitted to a breach of UK data protection laws.
The Court of Appeal ruled that the £20,000 plus interest damages award previously handed down by a court in Northern Ireland to CR19 over the incident took into account the compensation that CR19 was owed for distress he suffered as a result of PSNI’s data breach.
Read more on Out-Law.com. I doubt that any police officer here would be able to collect that much if their information was stolen in a burglary – even if it was a terrorist organization believed to be involved in the burglary. Can any reader think of relevant cases here?