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My accountant has diveludge information about my accounts with

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My accountant has diveludge information about my accounts with out my authority how do I styand
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Alex Watts : Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Alex Watts : Who did it disclose information to please?
Customer:

Hi Alex. My accountant to the company I am agent status with, I am self employed

Customer:

regarding my VAT returns

Alex Watts : Have you signed any terms with the accountant?
Customer:

nothing to say that they with out my permission

Alex Watts : ok, then they are in breach of data protection act,
Alex Watts : You can complain to the accountant information commissioner
Alex Watts : www.ico.gov.uk
Alex Watts : They can prosecute if an offence has been committed
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you?
Customer:

this what I replied to them

Customer:
Dear Jon


Whilst I am unaware, with respect of course, of your accountancy qualification(s), I recommend extreme caution in relation to supplying information to McManus Pub Co Ltd

You need formal permission, in writing by myself before passing on any information to McManus Pub Co Ltd, since you did so without formal permission this will leave you open to claims that you had breached confidentiality. Furthermore, you just telling McManus Pub Co Ltd does not give you authority to release information to them : to do so, which you have, is a breach of confidentiality under Data Protection Act rules and indeed general confidentiality rules pre-dating the Data Protection Act.

I have a copy of original email you sent to Caroline at McManus Pub Co Ltd
Alex Watts : ok.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything else?
Customer:

so am I correct to follow up with legal representatives?

Alex Watts : yes
Customer:

is this a high offense?

Alex Watts : Does this answer the question for you?
Customer:

thank you very much for your guidence

Alex Watts : happy to help
Alex Watts : Please be kind enough to rate my answer before you go.
Customer:

I have a copy of the original email they sent, yes I shall rate thanks very much

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