This post was written by Nick Tyler.

In spite of impending cuts in the budgets of local government across the UK it is notable that the national data protection regulator, the ICO, has seen fit to hit two London Borough Councils with hefty fines for ineffective data security policies and practice.

It is bordering on the incredible in this day and age that they should have issued unencrypted laptops to their home workers, but what probably amounted to the ‘last straw’ from the ICO’s point of view was that the councils failed to follow their own policies, which specifically required encryption. Two such laptops were stolen from an employee’s home.Continue Reading ICO’s latest fines penalise theft of unencrypted laptops of ‘lax’ London Boroughs

This post was also written by Nick Tyler.

The UK data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), announced today the imposition of monetary penalties against two organisations for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act. This is the first time the ICO has used its new enforcement powers since they came into effect in April this year.

The monetary penalties signal a step-change in the UK data protection regulator’s approach to enforcement and will see the heat turned up now for those that fall foul of the law through poor, negligent or non-existent personal information handling practices.Continue Reading What price a lost laptop or misdialled fax? Now we know as UK regulator issues first fines.