Average ICO data breach fine doubles to nearly £150,000 in 12 months

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Increase a “wake up call” for businesses says law firm RPC.

The average fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to protect against data breaches has doubled to £146,000 in the year to 30 September 2018, according to RPC.

The law firm calculated that the total value of penalties imposed by the ICO in the period rose to £4.98m, up 24% from £4 million the year before (see graph).

It listed three of the largest fines in the last year:

Equifax, which was fined the maximum £500,000 for failing to protect the personal

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