In a column for Prospect Magazine, UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham writes about the widespread and unlawful trade of personal data. Going beyond tabloid journalism, "the problem," Graham writes, "actually involves a much bigger cast list--of lawyers, claims management companies, private investigators and scam merchants, to name but a few." Current attempts to stop the unlawful trade of personal data is a "20th century approach to a 21st century problem," the commissioner writes, and legislators "have not caught up with the reality of data crime." Graham echoes his predecessor, Richard Thomas, saying there needs to be "a custodial penalty" where violators could face jail time and steeper financial penalties. "Armed with that," Graham states, "the ICO could investigate breaches more speedily, and the dealers in data would know they faced the full range of possible court sanctions."
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