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UK Information Commissioner Get New Enforcement Powers

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According to an article appearing on the website on May 12th, the new Criminal Justice and Immigration Act has received Royal Assent, creating tough new sanctions for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), including the possibility of harsh fines for intentional or negligent breaches of the Data Protection Act. 

Richard Thomas (pictured), the UK Information Commissioner, has long been urging Parliament to enhance his enforcement authority, but certainly more intensely since the country suffered a potential data breach last year that compromised the personal information of a large percentage of its entire population. 

From NAID’s perspective, the fact that this additional ICO clout was included in a piece of legislation that broadly redefines a wide range of criminal justice issues is a signal that data breaches are now being classified as serious crimes worthy of more than just a slap on the wrist. This trend, which originally appeared in the US, is expected to spread to other developed nations as policy makers grasp the importance of enforcement.

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