White & Case LLP write:
At a recent Parliamentary meeting to discuss the draft Digital Economy Bill, the UK Information Commissioner recommended imposing personal liability and accountability upon company directors. If such liability is imposed, it will mark a radical departure from the current law, under which directors of companies generally have no personal liability or accountability for breaches of data protection law committed by their companies.
On 13 October 2016, the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, (the “Commissioner“) gave evidence to a House of Commons Public Bill Committee (the “Committee”) regarding the ICO’s recommendations for the Digital Economy Bill (the “Bill”). The Commissioner expressed support for making directors personally liable for breaches of data protection law by their companies.
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