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Graham Calling for Stiffer Penalties

DATA LOSS—UK

July 6, 2011

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham is prepared to impose fines of up to £500,000 on NHS trusts and hospitals after a number of data breaches including the loss of laptops and memory sticks, among other incidents, The Independent reports. "There's just too much of this stuff going on," Graham said. "The senior management is aware of the challenge, but the breaches continue. Whether it's a systemic problem in the NHS or an epidemic, we have got to do something about it." Graham also called for stiffer penalties for unlawfully obtaining personal data, which he says is a wider problem than the courts recognize.
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