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LexisNexis Reveals the Implications for UK Businesses of Data Security Fines up to £500,000

Free Webcast available now

London, 9 April 2010 - LexisNexis and Stewart Room, author of Butterworth Data Security & Practice, are offering a webcast on the key practical implications of the reforms to the Data Protection Act which came into force on April 6, 2010.


The latest set of reforms, encompassed within Section 55A of the Data Protection Act, mean that organisations and individuals in breach of the Act will face fines of up to half a million pounds.

In a free webcast, accessed by visiting, Stewart Room offers expert analysis on the practical impact of Section 55A. He discusses how companies throughout the UK should take time to carefully assess their data security to avoid the legal implications of failing to comply.

As data security breaches attract greater media attention, increasing public alarm is generating pressure for tougher law and harsher regulatory responses. In the current climate, businesses, public authorities and their advisors need to ensure a solid understanding of the pitfalls and control measures. In light of this Stewart Room also discusses:

- Where the current reform sits amongst a long list of Data Protection Act reforms that have led to a tightening-up of regulation, and greater punishment for contraventions.
- Systems-based regulation and why the Information Commissioner focuses on the content of documented security policies, plans and other written materials.
- How new transparency mechanisms are lifting the lid on some of the worst aspects of data insecurity.


Notes to editors:

Butterworths Data Security Law & Practice is the authoritative guide to data security law for lawyers, both in-house and private practice, data protection managers and information security specialists in businesses and consultancies, information technology, privacy, employment and data security experts working for the government or regulators. Its focus on the security imperative makes it uniquely practical and readily usable. Covering the recent Data Handling Review and its implications for the public sector, the FSA’s stance on breach notification and its ever increasing fines, as well as the ICO’s guidance, Butterworths Data Security Law & Practice is an essential tool for data controllers and businesses with interests in the UK.

Stewart Room is a partner in the Privacy and Information Law Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse. He is dual qualified as a barrister and a solicitor holding full Higher Court Rights of Audience, with over 18 years’ experience as a litigator and advocate. Stewart has considerable expertise and reputation in data protection and data security matters, he is ranked as a Leading Individual for data protection by Chambers UK. Legal 500 says that Stewart’s “data protection and privacy prowess is recognised as being at the forefront of the field”.

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