Enforcement of U.K. Data Protection Laws

25 Nov ’05

Naked Law summarizes a recent strategy document issued by the UK Information Commissioner concerning enforcement of data protection laws in the UK. Gist:

Regulatory action will focus on those whose failure to comply with data protection results in serious consequences, either serious (perhaps career-threatening) harm to one individual, or less serious harm to many people. Other criteria for taking action includes deliberate, willful or cavalier conduct, or the need to set an example or clarify the law. We will be devoting less attention to minor or technical breaches where the consequence is less serious, because this will enable us to concentrate on abuses of significant public concern, especially where those responsible have been warned, or must know, that they are breaking the law.

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