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ICO's Fining Power Unused So Far

PRIVACY LAW—UK

June 9, 2010

Although the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has had new fining powers for more than two months, it has yet to hand out any fines. "It could be argued that while no fines have been issued, awareness has been raised within business," writes Dan Raywood in SCMagazine. However, a recent Proofpoint survey revealed that more than half of organizations are still not encrypting data. At a recent conference, ICO Deputy Commissioner David Smith said the ICO was "waiting with baited breath for the first of its £500,000 fines to be handed out."
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