ICO gets new powers to address data protection negligence

Announced earlier this week by the Ministry of Justice, amends have been made to the Data Protection Act of 1988 that when passed in April 2010 will allow the ICO to impose fines of up to £500,000 on organisations found to be negligent regarding the privacy of personal data. Justice Minister, Michael Wills, said: “We want to ensure that the Information Commissioner’s Office has the powers it needs and is able to impose robust penalties on those who commit serious breaches of data protection principles.” To be subject to the fine there are certain criteria to be met, but the one that should make existing Data Controllers sit up and take notice is: If the data controller knew or ought to have known that there was a risk that the contravention would occur, and that such a contravention would be of a kind likely to cause substantial damage or substantial distress, but failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the contravention. If you’re a Data Controller responsible for your companies data security how does this announcement make you feel?  If you’d like a no-obligation discussion regarding your data security and secure file transfer requirements contact Pro2col today on 0333 123 1240. Article continues...

UK businesses under increasing pressure to step up data privacy

The European Commission (EC) have publicly stated that the UK Government is not adequately enforcing European data privacy laws and is ready to clamp down on them in 2 months time.  Reported on the Infosecurity web site and backed up by our recent discussions with the ICO; next year is likely to be the year in which Enterprises feel the full force of European legislation regarding the data privacy.  Enterprises will be under increasing pressure to ensure that every step is taken to secure data both at rest (internally) and in transit (e.g. securing file transfers). The powers at the disposal of the ICO are also being addressed with individuals responsible for data security breaches potentially being liable for custodial sentences. Read more: European Commission warns UK over privacy...