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Consultation on increase in maximum penalty for breach of DPA to £500,000
  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 10 2009

The government is currently consulting on plans to introduce a maximum penalty of £500,000 for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act


ICO decision that NHS breached Data Protection Act on transfer of personal information to a home computer
  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • November 17 2009

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found that Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) after a member of its HR team transferred personal information about a Trust employee, which was not password or encryption protected, to a home computer


Social media and data protection policies: an employer's warning
  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 16 2011

Recent high profile stories from the world of sport, one concerning footballers and Twitter and the other an alleged breach of data protection rules by a FIFA ticket retailer have again highlighted for employers the issues that potentially arise from use of social media by employees