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ICO Warns UK Companies: Report Breaches or Else

DATA LOSS—UK

January 28, 2010

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a warning to UK businesses: report your breaches or face stiff sanctions, eGov Monitor reports. The ICO said that only 800 data breaches have been reported to its offices in the last two years, but that it is eager to work with companies that suffer a data breach to help address the situation. Deputy Commissioner David Smith said, "Talking to us may of course result in regulatory action. However, organizations must act responsibly; those that try to cover up breaches which we subsequently become aware of are likely to face tougher regulatory sanctions."
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