Com­pa­nies are warned about data pro­tec­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness -

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-

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