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A former Health Advisor has been prosecuted for obtaining the personal data of service users, namely patients of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr O’Brien unlawfully accessed patient’s medical records in the course of his employment without any business need to do so. Mr O’Brien had viewed the records of 14 patients, who were known personally to him, between June and December 2019 without the consent of his employer.

Christopher O’Brien appeared before Coventry Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to 6 counts of unlawfully obtaining personal data, in breach of s170 of the Data Protection Act 2018. He was ordered to pay £250 compensation to each data subject, totalling £3,000.