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UK data protection regulations get stricter
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of February 2011
UK data protection regulations and data privacy laws are getting more stringent. In this interview, Paul Gershlick, partner at law firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP, explains what organisations need to know to meet data protection and privacy regulations in the UK. What are the most important regulations affecting networks and communications in the UK now? Gershlick: The Data Protection Act (DPA) is a big one. RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) is also important. The DPA and RIPA actually regulate how data is treated on networks. There is also the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications 2002, known as the E-Privacy Directive. How have enterprises secured their networks to meet UK data protection regulations? Gershlick: If you look at the stories that come out almost on a daily basis, there are so many cases of people not taking appropriate measures. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority data leak [that occurred] during IT maintenance because of failure to implement sophisticated access rights is...
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