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Breach of Privacy?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by 1970devon, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    I’d definitely want the solicitor to apologise and check that further mistakes have not been made. It could be that they contact the recipient and make it clear they should not discuss the contents further. You can contact the ICO for advice as well. I think it is your school that should be more concerned as they aren’t going to want others to know how badly they treat their staff.
    1970devon likes this.
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Why would OP's own union solicitor want to intimidate him? Seems very unlikely.
    Piranha likes this.
  3. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Anyway, congratulations on a successful outcome to your case!!
    Easyasabc likes this.
  4. 1970devon

    1970devon Occasional commenter

    I am not thinking deliberate act of intimidation more just careless behaviour. The school they have cc'd is local but very 'random' as in I have mo connections with them as far as I know. It's just frustrating to have the end of my career shared with randomers :(
    If the carelessness was on the part of my ex employer I will push for apology and explanation. A personal solicitor friend has explained the process and the importance of them ensuring it doesnt happen again.
  5. Easyasabc

    Easyasabc Occasional commenter

    You have not understood the issue. The 'cc' act was by the school.
  6. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I have understood the issue perfectly well thank you. You are wrong. See post #3
  7. Easyasabc

    Easyasabc Occasional commenter

    I stand corrected . Thankyou for the reference pt.
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  8. 1970devon

    1970devon Occasional commenter

    Well latest update.......it appears neither union solicitor or County are responsible......it is actually ACAS that shared my information and NOT only to one school governing body! Apparently I am not the only one to have my information wrongfully shared. Will keep you all informed.
  9. Easyasabc

    Easyasabc Occasional commenter

    I did originally think it wasn't your solicitor - it didn't sound right to me. Still interesting to see.
  10. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    Good grief! They really should know better.
    FrankWolley likes this.
  11. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Sounds like a compensation claim...
  12. starlightexpress

    starlightexpress Occasional commenter

    Goodness. Due to the likely content of emails, that’s quite a breach under GDPR (I’d predict). Nothing makes up for potential reputation aspects. I hope it all works through as best it can in the situation.
  13. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Don't know about compensation but definitely sounds like ACAS referring themselves to the ICO
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  14. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Sounds as if the people responsible for this could be in a lot of trouble with the ICO. As far as you are concerned, do you think you can identify any actual damages? On the whole, you need to show that something materially affected you before you can get damages. If you have, then make a claim, and I guess that your solicitor can help you. If not, it is really worth asking yourself if there is any point wasting time and energy doing any more with this. Indeed, if ACAS are aware of the breach, they should be taking it further themselves.
    1970devon likes this.
  15. 1970devon

    1970devon Occasional commenter

    My initial thoughts were not compensation related- I have little likelihood of returning to teaching. It's more the fact that I live in an area where everybody knows everybody, people stay in the area for whole careers, they come here to retire etc. I am very well known in teaching community. Yes I believe ACAS will likely have a fine due. Any claim I would have would be small.
    I will keep you all informed :)

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