For example, if a person working in admin, with access to personal data, did a search on their database for people unrelated to their work, but did not disclose or use the data in any way. Could this be a criminal offence, and breach of data protection act, and if so what would be the likely outcome as regards the employer tracing the log on the employee’s work computer?
Primarily, I think that it’s an invasion of privacy and sheer misuse of your trust in access to such data. And if there is no reason to access such data, why the hell are you doing it and asking us on here? Your act is offensive by nature, may not be criminal, but offensive nevertheless.