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Data protection compliance needs to be taken more seriously by businesses as the Information Commissioner gains new powers to penalise those failing to comply, warns Norton Rose disputes partner Mike Knapper.

Speaking in the eighth episode of Legal Week Crisis Management Q&A in association with Norton Rose, Knapper warns that with stricter enforcement on the way, organisations must change their strategy and put in place the training and systems needed to ensure compliance.

He said: “[Any company] that has been taking a risk based approach to compliance needs to understand that the risks are likely to be far greater under a new regime being put in place, with businesses needing to adjust strategies accordingly.”

As a result of a Government commissioned review of data protection policy, the Information Commissioner will be able, for the first time, to fine any individual, company or organisation that has deliberately or recklessly breached data protection principles.

The Information Commissioner and Ministry of Justice have both made clear that information management needs to be regarded as a board level governance issue with clear lines of accountability and responsibility for managing personal information.

The changes come against a backdrop of errors including HM Revenue and Customs losing more than 25 million child benefit records and a number of incidences where laptops and memory sticks have been lost by public sector bodies or their private sector contractors.

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