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ICO Issues Fine for Breach

DATA LOSS—UK

May 11, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined ACS:Law £1,000 in the wake of a breach that resulted in the loss of personal information belonging to at least 6,000 individuals, ZDNet UK reports. "The security measures ACS:Law had in place were barely fit for purpose in a person's home environment, let alone a business handling such sensitive details," Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said when the fine was announced, noting it lacked such provisions as firewalls and access control. One privacy advocate has called the level of the fine "ridiculous" given the sensitivity of the information involved. "The ICO would have fined ACS:Law £200,000 had the company still been trading," the report states.
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