UK Businesses Consider Abusing ICO Data Breach Fine ‘Loophole’

Tom Brewster reports:

Organisations have considered using a “loophole” to avoid data breach fines – by asking the privacy regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), to audit them when they already know personal data has been lost or stolen.

The UK privacy watchdog has promised not to fine any company for breaches of the Data Protection Act if they are discovered during a voluntary audit. It appears that no matter how badly a company has performed, if the poor practice comes to light during an audit, the perpetrator won’t have to pay up.

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