British Lawmakers Say Data Abuses Deserve Prison

Law360, New York (October 28, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT) -- U.K. lawmakers on Thursday urged the British government to allow courts to punish serious breaches of the Data Protection Act with prison time, arguing that low fines were not effectively deterring violators from stealing personal information and selling it.

The Data Protection Act gives people the right to know what information is held about them and to correct information that is wrong. The act also makes it a criminal offense to knowingly or recklessly obtain or disclose another person's personal data. A section of the Criminal...
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