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£180,000 fine for server security failing

The theft of a data server in Northern Ireland has led to a huge fine for a short-term lender.

The short-term lender The Money Shop has been fined £180,000 after two incidents relating to server security: the first instance concerned a server containing thousands of customer details being stolen in Northern Ireland; and the second related to a server being lost by a courier service.

The Money Shop, as Data Controller, was fined on the basis that the business’ Data Protection Policy did not have adequate safeguards in place to protect the information held on the servers. This case highlights the seriousness of data protection breaches even where the business has a policy and where it could be considered that the events were out of the control of the business.

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Natalie Ruane

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Published: Thursday 10th September 2015
Categorised: Information Law

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