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New £500,000 fine for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998

Posted on 30th January 2010
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The Information Commissioner has been given the power to impose fines of up to £500,000 for serious breaches.

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This change is anticipated to come into force on 6 April 2010 and will apply to data controllers in both the public and private sectors.

The new powers have been introduced to give the Information Commissioner greater powers to deal with serious breaches of the Data Protection Act. Since 2007 there have been a number of high profile losses of personal data including the loss of 25 million confidential records relating to child benefit claims by HM Revenue and Customs.

The Information Commissioner has published detailed statutory guidance about how the new financial penalties will work in practice.

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