Break new data rules and face £18m fine, councils warned

By Dan Peters | 19 September 2017

Local authorities face fines of up to £18m for breaching new data protection laws, councils have been warned.

A briefing note on the General Data Protection Regulations by the Local Government Association warned that under the new regime – to be introduced from May 2018 – public bodies could be fined up to €10m for basic security breaches and up to €20m for breaches of data protection principles, an individual’s rights or international transfer restrictions. The current maximum fine under the Data Protection Act 1998 is £500,000.

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