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MLC appears in court

Juan Turner and father bailed

A Tynwald member and his father have become the first people on the Isle of Man to be prosecuted for failing to register under the Data Protection Act.


Juan Turner MLC of Glen Vine and David Turner from Douglas appeared before Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes on Tuesday.


Both men deny two offences, said to have been committed between January 2016 and October this year.


Douglas courthouse heard the charges relate to two companies said to have processed personal information for broadcast.


Island FM and Carrick Creative, both of Mountain View in Douglas, also deny one count each of failing to register.


Barry Swain, prosecuting, said the Legislative Council member is secretary of Island FM and a manager with Carrick Creative - his father is a director of both.


Mrs Hughes heard it's the first time such charges have been brought on the Island - each carries a £5,000 maximum fine unless heard before the Court of General Gaol Delivery where the maximum fines are unlimited.


Both men were bailed in the sum of £500.


They'll appear in court again on February 6 for a pre-trial review.

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