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Hiscox cleared of data protection breaches

The Southwark Crown Court in London absolved Hiscox Ltd. of violating data protection laws in relation to its handling of a client claim over a luxury watch, the Financial Times reported.

The insurer had been charged with three breaches of the 1998 data protection act over allegations that it required Irfan Hussain to submit possible criminal records before paying out his claim over the loss of an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak luxury watch, which was insured for £30,000. Hiscox had denied the allegations, the Feb. 16 report noted.

Judge Deborah Taylor formally entered not guilty rulings on all three counts into court records, the newspaper wrote, adding that the trial was frozen and its jury discharged when Hussain, a key witness in the proceedings, fell ill. The Information Commissioner's Office, which brought the case forward, reportedly told the court that it would not seek a retrial and offered no evidence.