Extracts from Jan 2010 Information Commissioner’s e-newsletter

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Just in case any organisations, big or small – public or private, still think that they can be cavalier about individual's Personal Information, these few extracts may convince you that you need to embrace the 'user-driven' principles of VRM immediately.

  • Monetary penalties of up to £500,000 could be levied on businesses and other
    organisations that breach the Data Protection Act. The new powers granted to the
    ICO are expected to come into force on 6 April 2010.
  • Christopher Graham has called for custodial sentences as a deterrent to stop the
    trade in unlawful personal information. The Information Commissioner said the
    'existing paltry fines for Section 55 offences' were not enough to stop people
    from engaging in such lucrative criminal activity. He added: "The threat of
    jail, not fines, will prove a stronger deterrent."
  • The ICO will have the power to audit government departments without their
    consent from April 2010. The move follows the passage of the Coroners and
    Justice Act on 12 November 2009.
  • Failing to pay a £35 fee has led two recruitment firms to incur fines and costs
    of more than £2,500. An accountancy firm from Newcastle-under-Lyme was also prosecuted and had to pay
    a fine and costs of more than £1,700.
  • Over 100 data breaches were reported to the Information Commissioner's Office
    in the final quarter of 2009. That brings the total number to 818 data breaches
    since November 2006. Key concerns are the extent to which portable media containing unencrypted
    personal information are still being lost or stolen and the number of data
    breaches in the NHS. From April those who continue to be reckless or negligent
    about the encryption of portable media will run the risk of financial penalties.
    Concerns about the NHS have been raised with the Dept of Health.
  • A new plain-English guide to data protection has been produced by the ICO.
    The guide uses practical business-based examples to help businesses and
    organisations to safeguard personal data and comply with the law. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham added: "There are still too many
    organisations playing fast and loose with personal data. Security breaches,
    inaccurate records and instances of data being held for too long are too common.
    This new guide will help organisations comply with the law and demystify data
    protection." To view the guide on the website go to: http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/data_protection_guide.aspx

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2 Responses to Extracts from Jan 2010 Information Commissioner’s e-newsletter

  1. Plan-Net April 9, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    After the scandals exposed by ITV and the BBC, everyone is wondering: is information safe enough at NHS trusts? http://plannetplc.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/is-information-safe-enough-at-nhs-trusts/

  2. Graham Sadd April 9, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    The simple answer is NO! but ‘opting out’ will create problems especially for patients with sensitive records – precisely those who need full access to NHS services.
    I would refer you to my earlier post at http://blog.grahamsadd.com/2009/07/david-and-googleiath.html

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