ICO Issues Fines, But Are They Enough?
DATA LOSS—UKDecember 2, 2011
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined two councils after both experienced data breaches involving e-mail, Computerworld UK reports. The ICO fined Worcestershire County Council £80,000 for a March incident in which it sent e-mails containing sensitive information on a "large number of vulnerable individuals to 23 people on the wrong contact list," the report states. North Somerset Council has been fined £60,000 for sending sensitive data on a child to the wrong NHS employee. Meanwhile, a Public Service.co.uk editorial asks when the ICO will see a significant increase in power, since, "Currently, the ICO's maximum fine is £500,000 and it seems that it still has to hold back on the biggest penalty" until a major breach comes along.