Sep 052009
 September 5, 2009  Posted by  Breaches, Laws, Non-U.S., U.S.

A UK judge’s frustration that he could only fine a data leaker has the Information Commissioner calling for tighter laws….

Laws should be tightened to give judges the option to jail people found guilty of serious abuses of personal data, the UK’s Information Commissioner has said.

Christopher Graham said penalties under the Data Protection Act were “pathetic” and urged tougher laws by next April.

His comments came after a judge said it was “ridiculous” he could only fine a former British National Party activist for leaking its membership list online.

Mr Graham is preparing a dossier to present his case to ministers.

Read more on BBC. The Daily Mail also covers ICO’s comments.

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