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Opinion: Landmark Ruling in Data Theft Case

DATA THEFT—UK

June 14, 2011

In a column for ComputerWeekly, Warwick Ashford writes that the recent decision by the Chester Crown Court to fine two former T-Mobile employees is a landmark ruling. Stewart Room, partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse, says that it is a record fine for data protection violations and shows that the criminal courts are starting to see the seriousness of data protection. "If we view this fine in the context of the monetary penalty of £120,000 imposed on Surrey County Council," Room said, "then we can see that the law is now getting tough on privacy abuses."
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