Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/05/hull_man_snoop/

Hull man guilty of snooping on hundreds of medical records

He broke the Computer Misuse Act out of 'curiousity'

By John Oates

Posted in Security, 5th October 2010 08:20 GMT

A Hull man has been given a suspended sentence for looking at hundreds of women's medical records.

Dale Trever, 22, was working for Hull Primary Care Trust as a "care data quality facilitator" when he accessed medical records of 413 female patients. The court was told he accessed records 597 times.

He started his snooping when a female work colleague turned him down for a date, the East Riding Mail reports.

He also looked at medical records relating to a colleague's deceased husband, an ex-girlfriend and girls he'd been to school with, the court heard.

Trever pleaded guilty to seven counts of breaking the Computer Misuse Act and said he'd acted out of idle curiousity.

He was sentenced to six months, suspended for two years.

A GP's practice manager became suspicious as to why Trever was accessing records with no apparent need. Trever resigned shortly after these complaints were made.