New Data Protection Guide from the ICO is a Must-Read if you Wish to Avoid Fines

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a new guide to protecting personal data, 'Protecting personal data in online services: learning from the mistakes of others', which it describes as outlining the procedures organisations must follow to ensure data security. It can be downloaded from the ICO website.

In the wake of a fine of £200,000 being handed to a charity which suffered data protection breaches due to lax Internet security, clients are reminded that data protection breaches can prove to be very expensive indeed.

Although the guide deals with the technical aspects of data security, data protection breaches can also have a financial impact under other areas of the law – contract and employment law, to name but two.

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