European Data Protection Digest

Judge: Scottish Borders Council Fine Was Improper

DATA LOSS—UK

August 29, 2013

The Scottish Borders Council was last year issued a 250,000 GBP fine by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after a firm it had hired to process employee pension records failed to destroy the information appropriately. But the council appealed the fine, and a Tribunal judge has ruled there was not a legitimate basis for the ICO to issue the fine, Out-Law.com reports. "There was no liability to a monetary penalty in this case because looking at the facts and circumstances of the contravention, whilst it was serious, it was not of a kind likely to cause substantial damage or substantial distress," the judge said.
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