Privacy Advisor

Security, fines, and systems-based regulation—the UK’s new legal battleground

The regulation of data protection in the UK enters a new era on 6 April when the Information Commissioner’s power to levy fines of up to £500,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA) comes into effect. While the legislation introducing the fine refers to breaches of the data protection principles, we can expect that the fine will be targeted mostly at security breaches and data loss and the other terrors addressed by the seventh data protection principle.

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