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Are Fines the Best Incentive to Keep Data Secure?

A PROTECTION—UK

August 5, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined six organizations for breaching the Data Protection Act, and of the fines assessed, four were to local councils already struggling with budget cuts, reports Computing. This has some wondering whether fines are appropriate incentives for protecting data. One council's head of IT said, "Training and education is the best way to prevent data breaches. And we could have funded more of both if we hadn't been fined." But an ICO spokeswoman says, "The best way a public authority can protect taxpayers' money is by not being lax in the way it looks after personal information." Meanwhile, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has asked for custodial sentencing to be added to his enforcement tools.    
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