UK Liberty

Effectively no enforcement of data protection act

Posted in database state, privacy by ukliberty on March 9, 2009

Lewis Page in the Register:

A subject-matter expert has said that “there is effectively no enforcement” of the Data Protection Act, and suggested that corporate data losses or breaches are even more prevalent than in the public sector. …

Even where a UK firm was caught bang to rights losing or revealing data there was little comeback, said Sharpe.

“In other fields, companies go to lawyers to make sure they are complying with the law,” he said. “Nobody comes to me to make sure they’re complying with the Data Protection Act, because there’s no downside for them if they screw up.

“If somebody loses your data, or leaks it, or gives it to someone you didn’t want to have it, don’t come to me – don’t expect the law to do anything… there is effectively no enforcement.”

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