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14 February 2010

The Information Commissioner is the government body responsible for data protection in this country. It has powers to fine organisations found to have committed serious data protection breaches fines up to GBP 500,000. However an interesting read in draft Code of Practice indicates that it will not fine those companies who have discovered breaches gathered in an audit.

The report says as follows -The Information Commissioner will not impose a monetary penalty on a data controller where a contravention was discovered in the course of carrying out an audit. The Information Commissioner must reserve the right to use any of his powers in the case of any identified major noncompliance where the data controller refuses to address a recommendation within an acceptable timescale-

The Commissioner Christopher Graham.said - my audit team is developing a risk based approach to help us focus on those organisations where complaints are significant and where business intelligence highlights the risk of failure-

So on the one hand you have to be seriously bad, perhaps akin to the Hannibal Lecter of Data Protection breaches to suffer a significant fine but that said it is worth considering an audit and one which will allow you to recitfy the breaches.

At Lawdit we have a dedicated data protection team and Michael Coyle has over ten years of experience.

Michael Cole is a Solicitor Advocate and can be contacted at or by telephone to 02380 235979

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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-02-20 16:38:20 in Legal Articles

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