Feeds

UK.gov delays new data breach powers

ICO still waiting for teeth

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The government has failed to meet its own deadlines to bring in new powers for the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to fine companies who lose personal data.

The Ministry of Justice won't say when it plans to publish the secondary legislation needed to set the fines or why it did not meet its March target.

A spokesman said: "The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 amended the Data Protection Act and introduced a power for the Information Commissioner to impose civil monetary penalties on data controllers that knowingly or recklessly commit serious contravention of the data protection principles (including security).

"We are committed to bringing these provisions into force as soon as possible."

Changes to the Data Protection Act were proposed following a rash of high profile data losses by the government and private companies in 2007. The ICO lobbied for the power to impose civil penalties on those who fail to protect privacy.

Most of its European counterpart data watchdogs have similar powers.

An ICO spokeswoman said it had submitted to the Ministy of Justice's consultation on the powers, and was awaiting the outcome.

This week the security industry called on the government to publish its plans. Data protection specialist FutureSoft said it understood officials were set a target to implement a civil penalties regime by the summer parliamentary recess "at the latest", but noted "there is, as yet, no sign of the statutory guidance". ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register
You'll Read These And LOL Even Though They're Serious
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
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?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.