The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is defending its history of enforcement actions after a recent report suggested the agency disproportionately fined public organizations more often than private organizations, Out-Law.com reports. Between March 22, 2011, and February 17, 2012, the ICO issued one £1,000 fine to a private company while it fined eight public councils a total of £790,000. In a statement, the ICO wrote, "Effective regulation is about getting the best result in the public interest...The course we choose will always depend on the circumstances of the individual case." Meanwhile, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said, "Companies that don't properly protect their data will lose out in the next stage of consumer understanding."
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