The Information Commissioner's Office says it is in the process of imposing fines against two organizations found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act, reports V3.co.uk. "This will be a landmark moment in ensuring that firms take data protection seriously," said Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith, adding that his office will now actively use its fining powers. The office has been criticized in the past for not using such powers, the report states. Smith added that businesses should provide users with transparent privacy settings that at least provide a minimal layer of protection.
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