ICO Grows Teeth

Today, I'm attending the SC Congress 2014

From the Privacy Panel, a couple of interesting points came up about the changes to the privacy rules and enforcement. 

  1. Opt-in must now be explicit.
  2. The fines will now be 2-5% of global turnover.

While the first one will have some impact on most organisations, the second one gives the ICO real teeth! 

Changing from a maximum fine of £500,000 to 5% of their global annual turnover is a huge motivator to larger corporations. 

Hopefully, our privacy will be taken more seriously and handled with more care.