A former senior local government officer has been prosecuted for passing the personal information of rival job applicants to his partner who had applied for a job at the Council.   

Kevin Bunsell accessed the authority’s recruitment system and emailed the personal information of nine rival shortlisted candidates to his partner’s Hotmail account. The recruitment packs included the name, address, telephone number and CV of each candidate.

Mr Bunsell of Bedworth appeared before Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court and admitted an offence of unlawfully sharing personal data, in breach of s55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. He was fined £660, ordered to pay costs of £713.75 and a victim surcharge of £66.