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Tribunal To Decide if Orgs Can Appeal Fines after Payment

PRIVACY LAW—UK

November 16, 2012

An Information Rights Tribunal will rule on whether organizations that choose to pay fines issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) promptly in order to receive a 20-percent discount reserve the right to appeal the penalty, reports Out-Law.com. The question came up last month when the Scottish Borders Council launched an appeal to a reduced fine it paid earlier this year, saying it had “done so with the caveat that (it) still reserved the right to appeal.” The ICO says, however, "The objectives of the early payment scheme are to…reduce the costs to the public purse,” adding, “The effect of such reservations would be to nullify the advantages which the scheme is intended to achieve."
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