UK data watchdog: Massive fines won’t keep data safe

Jennifer Baker reports:

The UK’s data protection watchdog has said issuing fines “left, right and centre” is not the way to ensure privacy.

However, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham added that this doesn’t mean his office shouldn’t have those exact powers at its disposal.

“The obligation laid on data protection authorities always to fine data controllers in the event of any of a list of failures should be changed to an enabling mechanism. Not ‘shall fine’, but ‘shall be empowered to fine’,” Graham told the European Conference of Data Protection Authorities in Manchester.

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