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ICO To Spend 20 Percent on IT

DATA PROTECTION—UK

April 26, 2012

The Information Commissioner's Office plans to spend £3 million--or about 20 percent of its total budget--on IT security, The Guardian reports. At a recent conference, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said the office is currently seeking a vendor to provide such services. Graham added that the ICO has issued 14 civil monetary penalties for data protection breaches since his office gained the power to do so 18 months ago. In cases where organizations took action to mitigate risks of future breaches, fines were less likely to be handed down. Asked about the potential for a communications monitoring law in the UK, Graham said it must have the proper safeguards.
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