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The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has recently issued a fine of £180,000 to Instant Cash Loans Ltd for failing to keep customers’ personal data secure. The breaches occurred as the result of firstly a server being stolen and secondly another server being lost while being transported between the company’s offices. The ICO decision cited the company’s failure to encrypt the employee and customer personal data it held on the lost servers as well as a failure to keep the servers in a secure room overnight. The decision and the level of the fine exemplify the trends in recent years of more strict enforcement of data protection laws together with an increasing likelihood of large fines being imposed for breaches of data protection laws. These trends emphasise the increasing importance of compliance with UK and EU data protection rules.

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EU Data Protection News – August 2015

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The European Data Protection Supervisor (the “EDPS”) has published his 2014 annual report. As well as its more routine functions such as supervision and enforcement of personal data processing of European institutions and agencies, the EDPS has been working with the European Parliament and the European Council on the new Data Protection Regulation. The introduction of this regulation will bring in important changes which companies processing personal data will need to be aware of to ensure their procedures comply with the new regime. The EDPS has recently published an opinion on the proposed draft EU General Data Protection Regulation. EDPS priorities for 2015 are set out in its publication EDPS Strategy 2015-2019.