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Does ICO Need More Power To Stop Breaches?

PRIVACY LAW—UK

September 1, 2010

In the wake of recent Data Protection Act breaches, ITPRO reports on expert opinions as to whether the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has enough power to prevent such incidents. Although the ICO can levy £500,000 fines for serious data breaches, no fines were issued in the most recent cases, the report states, prompting some experts to suggest the issue isn't with the ICO's powers but with "lack of enforcement ability, just in terms of actual manpower." Several said the ICO should issue fines more often. As Edy Almer of Safend put it, "If Europe and the UK do not start acting fast, there will be more instances of this kind and once it's out, the genie cannot be put back in the bottle."
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