Feeds

Hit squad set up to combat DP breaches

Who thought data protection could be so exciting?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

UK businesses that fail to adhere to data protection laws face criminal prosecution following the creation of a new hit squad.

Earlier this week the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) - custodians of the UK's data protection laws - set up a new Regulatory Action Division (RAD) to finger companies that illegally store personal information.

The RAD will keep tabs on firms that collect, use and keep personal information, to ensure that it complies with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Said Assistant Commissioner (Regulatory Action) David Smith in a statement: "Changes in the structure of the Information Commissioner's Office that have come into effect this week are designed to make life tougher for the minority of businesses that don't take their data protection obligations seriously.

Previously complaints were handled by a compliance team, but now for the first time the ICO has teams of specialists devoted solely to using the Commissioner's powers to bring about compliance with the law.

"Negotiation will usually be our first option, but we won't hesitate to take legal action swiftly against businesses where the circumstances warrant it," he said.

The Information Commissioner's Office said there had been an "explosion" in the number of businesses holding personal information thus increasing the chances for the information to be misused. ®

Related stories

MEPs to vote on ' invasive' data retention plans
EC wants to cap data retention laws
Head teachers fingered in email snooping row

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal
Come back with our internet! cries Republican drawing up bill
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.