ICO to shift focus from large fines to prevention

18/01/2023 | City A.M.

Speaking at the London headquarters of law firm CMS, Information Commissioner John Edwards outlined his plans to move away from issuing companies with hefty fines for breaching the UK's data protection laws to adopting a more preventative approach. In the first instance, this means focusing on making legislation clearer. Mr Edwards noted he would not seek to match the approach of regulatory authorities in the EU. "It's less spectacular but more effective to prevent those harms at the start than it is to go around and beat people up afterwards and fine them into insolvency," he said. Instead, Mr Edwards aims to transform the Information Commissioner's Office into the "effective, modern, empowering regulator we want it to be". 

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