European Data Protection Digest

ICO Defends Fines Against Criticism

DATA PROTECTION—UK

October 11, 2012

After receiving criticism for administering fines on NHS bodies for data breaches, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is defending its actions, reports Out-Law.com. An ICO spokesperson said the fines discourage others from making the same mistakes, adding, “The best way a public authority can protect taxpayers’ money is by not being lax in the way it looks after personal information in the first place." Chairman of the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians Christopher Fincken said it’s wrong that patient-care funding suffers in order to pay the fines. He added, “There needs to be a different mechanism, a fairer way" and one that holds “relevant officers” accountable for breach incidents.
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