Thursday, June 05, 2008

Data Protection - a new era

After a number of Data Protection 'boobs' including the high profile child benefit data scandal, the Information Commissioner is being given new powers. The Data Protection Act is overseen in the UK by the Infomation Commissioner who is responsible for enforcing the DPA. The DPA requires businesses to comply with the 8 Data Protection Principles which includes the duty to keep personal data secure.

On the 8th May 2008 the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act was passed by parliament ammending the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). This legislation facilitates a new system of fines that can be levied on businesses that knowingly or recklessly disclose personal information.

These powers do not come into force until secondary legislation is brought in to give effect to it so do not panic just yet.

However, adverse publicity can still be seen to be the most powerful deterrant to non compliance.

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