Public sector GDPR fines set to change
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Public sector GDPR fines set to change

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Public sector GDPR fines are set to change following an open letter that has been published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in recent weeks.

It is looking like there may be a shift in focus away from the need to issue large fines in the public sector, and instead focusing on how standards could be raised across the board.

Regulatory fines are a separate matter to the rights of victims who can still be eligible to claim compensation for any distress or loss that has been caused by a data breach. You should always contact our data privacy team for free, no-obligation legal advice here now.

How are public sector GDPR fines set to change?

It is looking like public sector GDPR fines could be set to drastically reduce as the ICO looks to change the way in which it seeks to improve data protection.

An open letter from Information Commissioner John Edwards suggested that the new approach is still about ensuring there is robust enforcement action where necessary, but the focus will be shifted to raising data protection standards. It is believed that large fines on their own may not be enough of a preventative measure to help to improve data protection in the public sector.

This could mean that we may see much reduced public sector GDPR fines or perhaps no monetary penalties issued at all in the wake of a data breach.

What impact could this have on claiming compensation?

Changes in the way in which public sector GDPR fines may or may not be issued should not have much of an impact on the right to claim compensation as the victim of a data breach.

Regulatory fines from the ICO are a completely separate matter to victims being entitled to claim compensation for any distress or loss that has been caused. It is not the role of the ICO to issue compensation, nor to be involved in pursuing legal action to recover damages. Instead, all the victim needs to do is instruct us as specialist leading data breach solicitors who can represent you for a private case on a No Win, No Fee basis if you are eligible.

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