From April 2010, the fine for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA) increased to £500,000 and consideration is being given to custodial sentences in the future. An event management role means handling personal data (and sometimes sensitive personal data) and those that do so should be very aware of their responsibilities.
How it may affect you.
So what is a serious breach? The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) helpfully shares some examples.
Having studied their examples, it is clear that those that work within event management could easily be involved in a `serious’ breach even if by accident. An unintentional breach or failure through lack of knowledge or understanding would not be considered a mitigating circumstance.
Three examples of a `serious breach’: