Cyber attack victim fined £60,000 for insufficient data protection

October 26, 2017

Failure to secure customer and employee information can have serious ramifications for small and medium sized businesses, as a Berkshire-based video game rental firm learned recently. The victim of a cyberattack, Boomerang Video Ltd faced a £60,000 fine after an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) revealed the company had failed to adequately take … Continue reading Cyber attack victim fined £60,000 for insufficient data protection

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Take Steps Now to Avoid Fines of €20m: Overview of the General Data Protection Regulations

May 26, 2017

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have been a long time in the making but it has been confirmed that the UK will adopt them prior to Brexit. GDPR will come into force in May 2018 and will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Organisations which do not comply will run the risk of being … Continue reading Take Steps Now to Avoid Fines of €20m: Overview of the General Data Protection Regulations

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BREXIT AND THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION – All BETS OFF?

August 3, 2016

The Data Protection Act 1998 provides rights to individuals on how their personal information is processed by data controllers. It is based on EU law. If you process personal data, which applies to most businesses, the Data Protection Act will apply. It is no doubt one of the most expensive legislative regimes given the administrative … Continue reading BREXIT AND THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION – All BETS OFF?

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THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

January 8, 2015

Subject Access Requests Update Section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 makes it a criminal offence to require an individual to exercise their subject access rights to gain access to information about their convictions and cautions and provide that information to a person. This section of the Act was due to come into force on 01 December … Continue reading THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

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First Fines for Breaches in Data Protection

November 24, 2010

Further to our article entitled ‘Data Protection Breaches to Result in up to £500,000 Fine’ (April 2010), the first monetary penalties have been served by the Information Commissioner for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has ruled that Hertfordshire County Council must pay a penalty of £100,000 for two serious breaches, which … Continue reading First Fines for Breaches in Data Protection

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Access to Medical Reports and the Data Protection Act

June 18, 2010

The Access to Personal Files and Medical Reports (NI) Order 1991 (“the Order”) The Order provides individuals with a right of access to medical reports provided by medical practitioners in connection with employment or insurance purposes. The terms “medical report” and “medical practitioner” are defined in the Order. The need for the medical practitioner to be or … Continue reading Access to Medical Reports and the Data Protection Act

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Data Protection breaches to result in up to £500,000.00 fine

April 6, 2010

On 6 April 2010 new powers designed to deter personal data security breaches will come into force. Following a series of high profile losses of personal data the government decided to considerably increase the Information Commissioner’s powers. From April the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will be able to order organisations to pay up to £500,000.00 as a penalty … Continue reading Data Protection breaches to result in up to £500,000.00 fine

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Internet Piracy Legislation

April 1, 2010

Legislation to tackle Internet Piracy and Copyright Infringement moves closer The communications sector is vital to Northern Ireland’s economy and society. Rapid advances in digital technology is transforming how both businesses and people operate. And this digital revolution offers great opportunities. With these rapid advancements in the digital economy comes the growth in illegal downloads and copyright infringement. … Continue reading Internet Piracy Legislation

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