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Information Commissioner's Office extends its beady eye beyond breaches in the public sector

Small Biz has today reported that private sector businesses need to be more vigilant than ever with their data protection practices, as the ‘Information Commissioner’s Office extends its beady eye beyond breaches in the public sector’.

The ICO has begun to issue more warning notices and has ramped up its fines (as reported in yesterday’s Absolute Data News).

“Small businesses are increasingly falling foul of the ICO,” said Syscap CEO Philips White in a canned statement.

“It’s clear that the ICO is starting to take a much more proactive stance in penalising data lapses, so this is something that business owners need to take very seriously,” he added.

The information-gatherers said that most firms had the wherewithal to secure customer information, but some businesses didn’t have the money or the sense to sort out their data security.

“Budgets have been stretched since the recession, so upgrading old or out-of-date IT equipment has been put on the backburner for some time now. This has left some old or redundant systems open to data lapses,” claimed White.