UK: ICO seeks to justify heavy data breach fines against NHS bodies following criticism

There has always been some level of concern and criticism that when NHS bodies are fined, the fines will reduce the funds available for patient care. An article on addresses this controversy:

The UK’s data protection watchdog has defended its civil monetary penalty regime after it was criticised for the amounts of fines levied on public health bodies.

Earlier this week Christopher Fincken, the chairman of the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians, said that the money NHS bodies were using to pay fines levied on them by the Information Commissioner’s Office for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act “effectively come[s] out of funding patient care,” according to a report by the Public Service website.


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