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The recent Central London County Court decision in Brown v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis serves as a cautionary tale for employers when using (or misusing) an employee's personal data.
Whilst on sick leave Ms Brown travelled to Barbados without notifying her employer, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), of her whereabouts, in breach of MPS’s absence procedure. In gathering evidence for a potential disciplinary process on Ms Brown’s return, MPS gained access to a database operated by another police force. This contained information provided by airlines in relation to passengers travelling on flights to and from the UK.
Ms Brown brought two claims under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998 concerning the obtaining, disclosure and use of her personal information. She claimed that the information accessed from the database was available to the MPS for police work use only, and that it should not have been used for screening the activities of its employees. The court agreed, and awarded Ms Brown damages for a breach of workplace privacy and distress caused by the misuse of employee data.
This case is a good reminder of the importance of ensuring compliance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act when conducting disciplinary investigations and hearings. Employers must ensure that they are clear as to what data can be used and how it can be sourced. Whilst the General Data Protection Regulation isn’t due to come into force until May 2018, it will introduce substantial changes to the legislation. There will be a requirement for a more explicit form of consent to use personal data and higher fines for breaching regulations to name but two changes. It is therefore essential that employers take steps now to start preparing and develop an even more vigilant approach. Even if an employee's personal data is readily accessible and available, care must be taken before such data is used or disclosed.
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