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Council Receives “Record Fine” for Disclosure Error

DATA LOSS—UK

December 7, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined Powys County Council for breaching the Data Protection Act in what it called "the most serious case it had dealt with since receiving the power to fine organizations," BBC News reports. The council was fined £130,000--the highest penalty the ICO has issued--and says it has since reviewed its policies and procedures. The ICO enforcement requires staffers working with personal information to receive additional training by March, with refresher training every three years. The breach follows a similar incident last year, which garnered warnings from the ICO that action would be taken in case of a future breach.
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