UK Watchdog Fined Police for Data BreachAdded: Monday, October 22nd, 2012
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The UK watchdog Information Commissioners Office has recently slapped the police authorities with a $200,000 penalty after they were found guilty of a serious data breach. This is how it happened.
Greater Manchester Police was called to account after an investigation carried out by the Information Commissioners Office. The investigation was prompted by the theft of a memory stick which contained sensitive personal information from an officer’s home. It turned out that the memory stick had no password protection and was carrying the information about over a thousand people, as well as the links to serious crime investigations.
During the investigation, the ICO found out that some of the police officers were using unencrypted memory sticks on a regular basis. The watchdog came to a conclusion that these memory sticks might also have been used to copy data from police machines to access away from the office.
Information Commissioners Office claimed it was time for the police to learn its lessons, because this case wasn’t the first one. There was a similar security breach two years ago, when the police was found to have neglected to either put restrictions on downloading data or provide a sufficient training to the employees in information protection. As a result, the watchdog imposed a fine of $250,000, but the police force paid it right away and got a 20% early payment discount, which made it $200,000.
According to the ICO Director of Data Protection, it should be obvious to the police authorities that the type of data stored on its machines means that they need proper information security. But the force failed to realize this and caused a serious data breach instead.
October 22nd,2012Posted by:
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
|that's all fine and well the popo paying $200.000 strait off to save $50.000 but it's us tax payers who foot the bill at the end of the day.|
thick ass cops who loose this info need sacking or demoting to parking duties
|@snotlob Castration also?|
|posted by (2012-10-23 15:54:13)|
|snotlob: exactly. It's like fining billion dollar companies a few million for breaking laws. They just consider it the cost of doing business. You want to see some real changes? Stop excepting payoffs and start putting CEO/CFO's and Board Members in JAIL for a few months or years and then see if they're not a little more careful about sticking to the letter of the law.|
|posted by (2012-10-23 18:47:25)|
|wenex: Actually it's even worse. At least the billion dollar company had to earn the money. The police are paid for by the government and so will get the money back in the next round of funding.|
On a trivial point: Why would a British watchdog be fining a British police force in dollars?
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