Jail data abusers says committee

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee says there should be a new custodial sentence of up to two years for those convicted of unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data.

Jun 29, 2016
By Paul Jacques

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee says there should be a new custodial sentence of up to two years for those convicted of unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data.

It also recommends that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) should have a robust system of escalating fines at its disposal to sanction those who fail to report, prepare for or learn from data breaches.

The committee’s report, Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online, follows its recent inquiry into cyber security that was triggered by a

series of data breaches at Talk Talk, but it warns that “the problem is significant, growing and affects all sectors with an online platform or service”.

Ninety per cent of large organisations have reportedly experienced a security breach, and 25 per cent of companies experience a cyber breach at least once a month.

And the ICO says not all threats to cyber security or data protection are external – more than 40 per cent are caused by employees, contractors and third-party suppliers, and half of these are accidental.

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