Data Protection Breaching Penalties

New penalties for breaches of Act

According to a poll recently conducted by Eclipse Internet, the majority of small businesses are unaware of the new penalties for breaches of the Data Protection Act.

As from April 2010 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has new powers designed to deter data breaches. Organisations found responsible for mistakes could now be ordered to pay up to £500,000 as a penalty for the most serious offences.

According to the ICO, in the last two years over 800 data security breaches have been reported, 195 of which were caused by mistakes.

Although the ICO may take action against organisations if they report a breach and are found to have failed to comply with their duties under the Data Protection legislation, organisations should still come forward when a breach comes to light rather than attempt to cover it up.

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