ICO FoI response reveals massive rise in data breach fines

Caroline Donnelly reports:

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has stepped up its enforcement activities, by issuing double the number of data breach fines in 2012-2013 as it did in the previous 12 months.

This is according to data obtained via a Freedom of Information (FoI) request by digital comms vendor ViaSat.

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Between March 2012 and March 2013, there were 1,150 self-reported breaches made to the ICO, despite only 730 being made between 22 March 2011 and 17 February 2012.

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