UK: Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

Kat Hall reports:

The total value of fines issued by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has halved compared with last year – despite the watchdog receiving roughly the same number of complaints about data protection.

In 2014/15, the ICO issued £1.1m in so-called civil monetary penalties, £386,000 of which were for companies behind nuisance calls or texts. It received 14,268 data protection concerns. The previous year the body issued nearly £2m in penalties and handled 14,738 complaints.

Many have called on the watchdog to issue more fines to shock companies into preventing privacy breaches. But in May the ICO said issuing fines “left, right and centre” is not the way to safeguard privacy.

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