There’s been a lot in the news lately about how privacy regulations are set to change on 6th April 2015. In essence the change means that proof of “substantial harm or substantial stress” caused by a breach is no longer necessary; the regulator can impose fines of up to £0.5m for a proven breach.
This is good news. There have been times (e.g. the Tetrus case in 2012) when there have been blatant breaches but the ICO has been unable to prove substantial harm or substantial stress and the perpetrators have got away with it on that legal technicality.
From the 6th April, those who don’t obey the privacy regulations will be fined, leaving those of us who do stick to the rules in a much better position.
But what of the future?