Companies are warned about data protection
COMPANIES in the region not handling personal data correctly could face a fine of up to £500,000 according to a local solicitors Roythornes.
As the number of breaches involving personal data reported to the Information Commissioners Offices reaches 1,000, businesses are being urged to place greater importance on training staff on data protection issues.
Speaking about the 1,000 notifications, Deborah Brown, commercial solicitor with Roythornes, said: “We have all heard on the news about the cases when CDs or laptops containing personal records have been lost or stolen, and I am sure no-one would want their personal details in the hands of those not authorised to have it. In April, a new level of fines was introduced which means companies who breach the regulations could face a fine of up to £500,000 which shows the importance the commissioner places on breaches.”
Deborah added that while mistakes can happen, human error is behind a high proportion of the breaches, and staff need thorough training to recognise whet they can and cannot do with personal data.
She said: “If your staff han-