European Data Protection Digest

New £500,000 Breach Fines Effective

PRIVACY LAW—UK

April 9, 2010

The Information Commissioner's new fining powers--up to £500,000 for serious breaches--became effective this week, but a survey shows that many are unaware of the change, reports The Register. Parliament approved the new powers three months ago in order to deter negligent breaches, but a Cyber-Ark study has found that 65 percent of workers are in the dark on the new fines. According to a Computing report, the Information Commissioner's Office will reserve the higher penalties for serious breaches, such as those on the scale of last year's T-Mobile incident.
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