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UK public sector accounts for bulk of data breach fines

The UK’s private sector accounted for more than a third of all reported data breaches over 11 months, but less than 1% of the resulting fines, according to a Freedom of Information request.

The data was issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office after a request by satellite system-maker Viasat.

It shows five fines totalling £790,000 were imposed on the public sector and one £1,000 penalty on a private firm.

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BBC News | 25 April 2012

US military criticised for secrecy over death of Afghan BBC correspondent.

Ahmed Omed Khpulwak’s family was caused needless distress after he was shot by American soldiers, report finds

US military secrecy over the death of a BBC correspondent shot dead by US forces during a Taliban attack caused needless distress to his family and sparked fears of a cover-up, a report into the shooting has said.

The truth about Khpulwak’s death emerged weeks later, when the results of a US investigation were published. A redacted version of the full conclusions was released only after a freedom of information request.

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Emma Graham-Harrison | The Guardian | 25 April 2012

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