17th August 2016

Greater Manchester Police has paid a domestic abuse victim £75,000 after she suffered psychiatric harm when the Police made very sensitive and personal material public.

A claim was made in respect of the misuse of private information, breach of confidential information and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

The woman who was a victim of domestic violence agreed to let Greater Manchester Police use anonymised details of her in training sessions for Officers and other agencies dealing with domestic abuse.  It was later found out however that her identity, medical history and a tape of the 999 call were used.

We have brought a number of similar claims for misuse of private information particularly against Police Forces and Health Authorities. Unfortunately it is not unknown for Police Officers for example to access a person’s details on the Police National Computer for personal reasons rather than policing reasons. We have also brought claims against Health Authorities when staff have accessed medical records for non-medical purposes e.g. accessing the information for personal disputes.

If you have any issue regarding a Public Authority misusing information about you please contact our Specialist Solicitors Richard Hardy or Andrew Freckleton on 0191 516 0466 or email advice@benhoarebell.co.uk