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Report Recommends Personal Compensation for Data Breaches

DATA LOSS—UK

March 23, 2010

A study commissioned by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and Consumer Focus recommends putting a price on privacy breaches to deter organisations from losing or misusing personal information, The Telegraph reports. The study also recommends giving consumers more control over how their data is used, requiring regulators to name organisations that mishandle data and providing the ICO with new powers to administer fines when information is misused. "The study points the way for the ICO to meet its commitment to respond to the real concerns of real people," said Information Commissioner Christopher Graham. "Consumers want to be in effective control of their personal information and privacy and there is support for tougher penalties for misuse of information by rogue individuals within organisations."
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