European Data Protection Digest

Survey: ICO Needs More Power to Fine for Breaches


June 11, 2010

Nearly 70 percent of those polled by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) at a privacy event on Tuesday think the ICO's new £500,000 fines for serious data breaches are not high enough, reports Jonathan Bamford, head of strategic liaisons at the ICO, acknowledged that for some larger corporations this amount may be too small. Bamford said in his keynote speech, "I do not want a situation where we have to use bigger sticks, but by God am I prepared to use them." The ICO received powers to levy the £500,000 fines in April.
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