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Recklessly or repeatedly mishandling personal information should become a criminal offence, a committee of MPs urges today in the wake of the child benefit fiasco.
A report from the justice select committee says there is evidence of a widespread problem within government and expresses concern that further cases of data loss are still coming to light, adding that concerns about systemic failings were raised two years ago by the man now in charge of the government's review of security. The committee says that companies should be obliged to report information losses.
Criminal offences under the Data Protection Act...people holding the information, such as large businesses or government departments, cannot be held responsible for breaches.
Originally posted by Extralien
Perhaps there should be something that allows the person(s) identified as being part of a section of data loss/misuse are able to charge any person(s) or body responsible for the loss/misuse.
I'm sure a few large payouts would soon bring an abrupt halt to data abuse.