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ICO: Compulsory Data Protection Audits Needed

DATA PROTECTION—UK

February 6, 2013

BBC News reports on comments made by UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham promoting the need for compulsory data protection audits of public agencies. Compulsory audits would help local councils and the NHS mitigate incidents of sensitive personal data “being sent to the wrong fax machine or dropped in the street or left on an unencrypted memory stick.” The Information Commissioner’s Office currently has power to audit central government agencies and can only audit local departments after acquiring consent. “Until local government gets the message,” Graham said, “local council taxpayers will continue to be hit by civil monetary penalties for really basic, stupid errors.”
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