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Commissioner: Serious Breach Offenders Deserve Prison Time

DATA PROTECTION—UK

May 23, 2013

UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham says people who misuse personal information should face tougher penalties, including prison time, Public Service reports, citing a recent case in which a community health manager took personal data from the health center to use for his own fitness company. The man e-mailed data on 2,471 patients to his personal account, and soon thereafter, patients approached by the man began to complain. The man was fined 3,000 GBPs and ordered to pay other legal costs. Graham said the government “must ensure that criminals do not see committing data theft as a victimless crime and worth the risk.”
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