Charlton man sent another's private court information due to email blunder

News Shopper: James Wilson, from Charlton, was sent an email detailing someone else's private court information James Wilson, from Charlton, was sent an email detailing someone else's private court information

AN EMAIL blunder meant a Charlton man was sent a “dodgy” message detailing someone else’s private court information.

James Wilson says the botch-up equates to “gross misconduct” after receiving the highly-sensitive details from the Joint Prosecutions Service and South East Witness Care Unit.

The 28-year-old, who lives in Tallis Grove, was shocked after opening his inbox to find a criminal case email — intended for another person — summoning them to court in December.

The message from the witness care unit read “I am writing to confirm that you are required to attend court to give your evidence” before printing the victim’s name, address and details of the offence.

Mr Wilson, who is currently unemployed, said: “It was a letter addressed to a gentleman I do not know telling him the outcome of his case against another gentleman.

“It had the victim’s name and full address and the details of the accused.

“Just imagine if they sent the email to someone who knew the accused. They could take revenge.

“I called the police officer whose name was on the letter to inform them of their mistake and all they could say was ‘Oh well, I’ll try again, sorry’.

“It’s a bit dodgy.”

A Lewisham Police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm there was an issue with the correspondence which has now been rectified.

“The email addresses were very similar.

“The difference in the email addresses was a hyphen and a full stop, which could not be deciphered.

“Witnesses are given the option on their preferred method of communication.”

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3:55pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Someone please give this bloke a job. he's obviously very bored stuck at home watching Jeremy Kyle.
Someone please give this bloke a job. he's obviously very bored stuck at home watching Jeremy Kyle. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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4:57pm Mon 19 Nov 12

the wall says...

No different to a letter getting sent / delivered to the wrong address. Just that most people would return to sender and not ring the local paper.
No different to a letter getting sent / delivered to the wrong address. Just that most people would return to sender and not ring the local paper. the wall
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7:01pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Marty1979 says...

"They could take revenge"

But surely if the intended person appeared in court to give evidence then the accused would know who they are?
"They could take revenge" But surely if the intended person appeared in court to give evidence then the accused would know who they are? Marty1979
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11:10pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Outandabout says...

It is a breach of the Data Protection Act. Most people holding confidential info are supposed to send it encrypted or a test email first. Some hefty fines have been handed out, in one case 90 grand for repeated breaches such as this
It is a breach of the Data Protection Act. Most people holding confidential info are supposed to send it encrypted or a test email first. Some hefty fines have been handed out, in one case 90 grand for repeated breaches such as this Outandabout
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11:54pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Gypo.Joe says...

Outandabout wrote:
It is a breach of the Data Protection Act. Most people holding confidential info are supposed to send it encrypted or a test email first. Some hefty fines have been handed out, in one case 90 grand for repeated breaches such as this
And ?
[quote][p][bold]Outandabout[/bold] wrote: It is a breach of the Data Protection Act. Most people holding confidential info are supposed to send it encrypted or a test email first. Some hefty fines have been handed out, in one case 90 grand for repeated breaches such as this[/p][/quote]And ? Gypo.Joe
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