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Monday, 29 April 2013 19:46

How effective are data breach penalties? Are ever-bigger fines enough?

For the past couple of years, data security company ViaSat UK has spiced up the Infosecurity Europe conference by filing an FoI (freedom of information) request for data breach statistics.

In previous years, things have ended up with ViaSat in a spot of biffo with the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

In 2011, ViaSat noted that "monetary penalties have been enforced in less than one per cent of the data losses [the ICO] has dealt with."