ICO warns of tougher penalties for future data leaks

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is arguing in the British media that company board members need to wake up to the issues of securing personal information or risk substantial fines.

The warning comes as it was revealed that a laptop containing the personal data of some 110,000 people, revealing their names and addresses, dates of birth and national insurance numbers, had been lost. In addition, bank account details of 18,000 of the individuals were stored on the lapstop which was stolen from a locked server room at Northgate Arinso – suppliers of Verity Trustees’ computerised pensions administration system.

There is a very real danger that the public are losing trust in the ability of organisations to look after their personal information. It’s essential that confidence is maintained and for that reason the ICO is calling for tougher…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.