European Data Protection Digest

ICO: First Fines To Be Imposed Later This Month

PRIVACY LAW—UK

November 5, 2010

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham says his office will announce the first organizations to be fined later this month, Kable reports. The office's ability to impose fines has given it the teeth it has lacked, said Graham at an event in London Wednesday. He also provided data on organizations leading in data breaches, which included the NHS with 377 breaches--30 percent of all 1,254 breaches reported to date--followed by the private sector (360), local government (184), central government (97) and other public sector bodies (149). Graham said decisions on how steep a fine will be imposed will depend on the size of the offending organization.
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