European Data Protection Digest

Experts: New ICO Powers Will Mean Hefty Fines for Data Breaches

DATA LOSS—UK

March 19, 2010

When its fining powers come into effect on April 6, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is likely to use the full force of its new powers to penalise organisations for data loss and send a message to others, Computing reports. Alan Calder of ITgovernance expects the ICO will pursue a small number of high-profile Data Protection Act breaches and issue fines of up to £500,000 to make it clear that those who violate the law "will be penalised for losing laptops or USB sticks or having their networks hacked." However, an ICO spokesman said the office "would not make an example of an organisation for the sake of making an example. It would be done on a case-by-case basis."
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