New PECR Liabilities
On December 17th, 2018, the UK issued the latest amendments to PECR. The new rules allow the ICO to hold directors and senior officers personally liable where PECR breaches happen either with their consent or due to their negligence. The ICO have been clamouring for this change in law for many years due to their low recovery rates on PECR fines, caused by so-called ‘Pheonixing’. This is where a company that is issued with a fine, liquidates to avoid the fine, only for the Director to reappear at the helm of another organisation and re-offend. The law change means that directors can be fined up to £500,000. Now would be a good time for organisations to complete an internal PECR audit!