Legal Updates - Data Protection Breach

Data Protection – Monetary Penalty – Government Department – Breach of Data Protection


The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) recently imposed a monetary penalty of £185,000 on a Government department, after a filing cabinet containing personal information of victims of a terrorist incident was sold at auction. Amongst other things, the information included details about injuries suffered by the victims as well as the amounts of compensation offered.


The data protection breach occurred as a result of a relocation of office for the department.


How can we help?


Whether you are a start up or an established business, RT Coopers can assist you in meeting your obligations under the Data Protection Act as well as to meet your obligation when undertaking direct marketing activities. We conduct audits on businesses’ operations in order to determine specific weaknesses to be considered by data controllers. Once these are identified, we would advise you on the remedial measures you should put in place.


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© RT COOPERS, 2014. This Briefing Note does not provide a comprehensive or complete statement of the law relating to the issues discussed nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight general issues. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in relation to particular circumstances.



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