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UK gets tough on data breaches

The UK government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended a prison sentence of up to two years for those convicted of unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data. It has also said the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) should have a robust system of escalating fines to sanction those who fail to report and prepare for data breaches. The committee's recent inquiry into cybersecurity was triggered by a series of data breaches at operator TalkTalk, but the committee has warned that the problem is significant, growing and affects all sectors with an online platform or service; 90% of large organisations have reportedly experienced a security breach, and 25% of companies experience a cyber-breach at least once a month. Read More

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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