UK: Northamptonshire Police worker breached data law

A woman has admitted using police systems to access information on her ex-partner while employed by the Northamptonshire force.

Julie Crust, 42, of Northfield Road, Northampton, admitted six counts of breaching data protection laws at Northampton Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard she was employed as an administrative worker when the offences took place.

Crust was ordered to pay £200 in fines and £105 costs.

Read more on BBC.

I don’t know if it’s just that such stories make the UK media more than they make the US media or if they actually prosecute such cases more in the UK than in the US, but my impression is that I see more of these types of stories from the UK than from the US when it involves snooping. In the US, I see prosecutions, but generally when the data are being misused for ID theft or fraud.

But again, that’s just my impression and I may be forgetting reports. What’s your impression? Has anyone tabulated data on prosecutions for insider snooping?

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