The privacy watchdog is often criticised for being toothless, but in recent months it has dished out a number of fines to organisations that were found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act. Most recently, it imposed a monetary penalty of £100,000 after the discovery of a large number of patient records at a site formerly owned by Stockport Primary Care Trust.
Last month, a report commissioned by the ICO revealed a clear lack of understanding across business around the proposed EU data reforms. According to the report, 40 percent of companies don't fully understand the ten main provisions being proposed, and 87 percent are unable to estimate likely costs of draft proposals to their business.
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