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Data Protection Costs £53 Million Per Year

PRIVACY LAW—UK

July 7, 2010

A government report released yesterday revealed that data protection law costs in the UK total £53 million every year. The Independent reports that a review of the Data Protection Act revealed that companies bear the brunt of costs, with officials saying they spend around £50 million a year responding to subject access requests for information. The review comes as the UK considers granting more punitive powers to the Information Commissioner's Office, at the urging of the EU. Justice Minister Lord McNally said in reviewing the law, the government aims to protect personal privacy "without placing undue burdens on businesses and other organisations that collect personal data."
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