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UK’s public sector fined over £2m in last 8 months for poor data handling

A report by has reported that that public sector organisations in the UK have paid more than £2m fines over the last 8 months for poor data handling.

The ICO announced that NHS bodies, police and local councils have accumulated fines of more than £2m (€2.5m) over the last 18 months for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act, with the figure set to rise as Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to receive a £120,000 fine for not encrypting sensitive personal data.

The ICO has taken action in these areas after repeated failings from public bodies to protect people’s personal data. The monetary penalty for breaching the Data Protection Act can extend up to £500,000 (€624,000). According to the ICO, it will help to discourage others from making the same data protection mistakes.

The recent news unveils that NHS bodies lost the data of 1.8m patients in a single year. It has emerged that fines for the NHS could impact on patient care.