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Turner case adjourned

Delay in data protection trial

The verdict in the trial of a former Tynwald member accused of breaching data protection laws has been delayed.

Juan Turner of Park Close in Glen Vine and his father David Turner of Mountain View in Douglas were charged with allowing two companies they’re officers of to process data without an entry on the data protection register.

Those two companies, Island FM and Carrick Creative, also face charges of failing to register.

On Friday, the prosecution and defence summed up their cases before Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas Courthouse.

Hazel Carroon, prosecuting, said as Island FM holds a broadcast licence for Energy FM it must process data – and Carrick Creative which runs the station’s website needs to be registered because its servers are on the Isle of Man.

But Victoria Unsworth, appearing on behalf of the defendants, said there was no evidence either company processed any data.

She added if the companies were acquitted, both company officers must also be found not guilty.

Mrs Hughes said she would need some time to consider her verdicts and adjourned the case to a date to be fixed, when she’ll hand down a written judgement.

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