Barclays Bank Employee Fined for Illegally Accessing Customer Data

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Things have been a little rough lately for Barclays Bank -- just days after eight people were arrested for stealing more than $2 million from the bank, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) announced that former Barclays employee Jennifer Addo has been fined £3,360 for illegally accessing a customer's account details.

The bank learned of the issue when a customer complained that information from his account had been provided to his then partner. The bank then learned that Addo had accessed the customer's account information 22 times from May 10, 2011 to August 8, 2011.

While Addo knew accessing the data was illegal, she told Barclays that she had done so in order to share information with a friend.

"This case proves, yet again, why we need a more appropriate penalty for the crime of personal data theft," ICO head of enforcement Stephen Eckersley said in a statement. "With the law as it stands, this prosecution isn't even recorded on the police national computer which means that an offender could apply for a job in a high street bank tomorrow and the potential employer wouldn’t be informed about the offence. The current 'fine only' regime is clearly not deterring people from breaking the law."