Security for UK legal professionals

We are delighted to have a guest post from Peter Harthan of  Riverview Solicitors

The news that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served its highest-ever civil monetary penalty (CMP) is the starkest warning yet of how severely it will punish businesses who fail to take their data protection responsibilities seriously.

The ICO’s penalty of £325,000 on Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust for what it describes as a serious breach of the Data Protection Actfollows the discovery of highly sensitive personal data belonging to tens of thousands of patients and staff – including some relating to HIV – on hard drives sold on an internet auction site in 2010.

The Trust plans to appeal the decision but it is a timely reminder that complying with the Data Protection Act is not optional. If you’re ever unsure of your responsibilities then consult your solicitor or even seek advice from…

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