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ICO Investigates Rogue Private Investigator Clients

Interesting news from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) this week, with the announcement that it has begun an investigation into whether clients of rogue private investigators may have breached the Data Protection Act. The move follows the ICO's receipt of information from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

According to the ICO, it has received details of around 100 corporate and individual clients whom SOCA has identified as part of its own inquiry into private investigators and the ‘blagging’ of personal information.

That investigation, Operation Millipede, saw four men convicted of fraud offences in 2012, after SOCA found they had obtained information illegally.

The ICO has announced that it will now assess the SOCA material, as well as writing in due course to all the individuals and organisations listed, to establish what information the private investigators provided, and whether the clients were aware that the law might have been broken to obtain that information.

It is thought that the investigation will take several months. If the ICO then believes that further action is required, it has a number of options, including:

  • Criminal prosecution, for unlawfully obtaining or accessing personal data (known as a ‘section 55’ offence) or for failing to notify as a data controller;
  • Civil action for breaching the Data Protection Act, with monetary penalties of up to £500,000; and
  • Enforcement notices and undertakings, to oblige changes in policies or procedures.

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If you are concerned that your organisation or any of its employees may have breached Data Protection legislation and you require specialist criminal defence advice, please contact our solicitors Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan on 020 7387 2032 or complete our online enquiry form here.

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Jail for carbon credit defendants

Three men were jailed earlier this month for their parts in an attempt to steal carbon credits worth around €8 million.

According to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the attempted theft, which took place between June and November 2011, involved attacks on a number of websites.

Carbon Credit Crimes in the EU

One targeted the Spanish Carbon Credit Registry RENADE, from which 350,000 European Union Allowances (carbon credits) were transferred without authority into a brokerage account. This account was frozen before more than 8,340 of the credits were sold on.

The other attempt targeted the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism Registry. On this occasion the defendants tried to transfer 426,108 Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits, but the plan fell through when Registry administrators spotted that an incorrect account number had been used.

The man behind the computer hacking, 32-year-old Matthew Beddoes, was arrested in November 2011, and pleaded guilty in May last year to various offences, including money laundering, fraud and conspiracy to commit Computer Misuse Act offences against the two Registries.

He was sentenced to two years nine months in prison for these offences.

Two other men were involved in the attempt. According to SOCA, Jasdeep Singh Randhawa pleaded guilty to four offences relating to conspiracy to commit Computer Misuse Act offences, and received a 21 months sentence.

Jandeep Singh Sangha pleaded guilty to two money laundering offences and was sentenced to twelve months in prison, suspended for two years.

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If you have been charged with a criminal offence similar to the carbon credit offences described above or in respect of any type of crime, contact us now. Please contact Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan, or click here to get in touch with our london criminal defence solicitors via our online enquiry form.

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