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News TalkTalk hit with £400,000 fine over 2015 data breach

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 6 Oct 2016.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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  2. theshadow2001

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    Good. Although the fine is probably cheaper than maintaining a team of security experts for a few years. The 35 million loss is not though.
     
  3. Pookie

    Pookie So this is permanence, love's shattered pride.

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    I wonder will happen with that £400,00?
     
  4. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    ICO fines (technically "civil monetary penalties", or CMPs) go into the HM Treasury Consolidated Fund, which is the same place taxes go and is used to fund public expenditure - ICO itself doesn't keep a single penny (but it gets its budget through the Consolidated Fund, like every other government department,) though there was talk a couple of years ago of petitioning to modify the Data Protection Act to allow it to retain a portion of the proceeds to help fund its work.

    The £400,000, by the way, is the highest fine ICO has ever imposed; the previous record was £350,000, and the DPA allows for a maximum of £500,000.
     

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