I have recently acted for a number of adoptive parents who, whilst in the process of adopting children, have been victims of data protection breaches by either the local authority or the courts. In all of these cases, sensitive personal information about...
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The serious and costly problem facing your organisation
Compliance with data protection law is a serious issue. Non-compliance could potentially cost your business hundreds of thousands of pounds if your organisation should face legal proceedings for breach of data protection laws. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – the public body responsible for ensuring compliance – has the power to impose substantial fines where it finds breaches of the legislation.
You may have seen cases reported in the media involving data protection breaches by large multinational companies. In many of these cases, the ICO has imposed substantial financial penalties. Currently, the ICO has the power to impose fines of up to £500,000 for a breach.
But it is not only large businesses that face potential action. All businesses, regardless of size, potentially face huge fines and payouts ordered by the courts where complaints and claims are successfully brought against them. In an age of computer and internet based customer data bases and the ever increasing use of cloud computing and social media platforms, no one is immune from the potential repercussions of a data protection breach. The financial consequences to your organisation could be much greater than you think. You cannot afford to ignore the risks to your organisation.