Data Protection and Privacy Update: UK Enforcement Steps up a Gear

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Data Protection and Privacy Update: UK Enforcement Steps up a Gear

UK data protection enforcement has definitely stepped up a gear in recent weeks. Last week, the Government announced that it is to introduce custodial sentences of up to two years imprisonment for those found guilty of knowingly or recklessly:

obtaining or disclosing personal data from data controllers without their consent; or

selling such personal data.

Although there are various statutory defences, these can be difficult to make out. For example, it is a defence

to show that the disclosure of the personal data was justified as being 'in the public interest'. 'Public interest' is a very elusive concept but what is clear is that it is not the same as what is interesting to the public.

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