A yr on from the revelation that the Info Commissioner’s Workplace (ICO) was owed 42 per cent of the fines it handed out since 2015, it’s been revealed that the non-departmental public physique’s assortment struggles have continued up to now yr.
Since final yr’s report, the ICO has solely managed to gather one of many 47 unpaid fines levied between 2015 and the tip of July 2019, in response to data once again obtained by The SMS Works through a freedom info request.
Of the 21 fines handed out extra lately, specifically between January 2019 and the tip of August 2020, the ICO has solely managed to gather £1.03m of the £3.2m it’s owed – simply 32 per cent of all fines issued. It has collected simply 9 of the 21 fines issued – and that’s regardless of new laws making firm administrators individually answerable for paying the fines.
The SMS Works has discovered that administrators have discovered loopholes to keep away from paying fines corresponding to claiming voluntary insolvency or shutting down their enterprise and opening up underneath a brand new title.
In fact, the information obtained doesn’t embody the recent fines handed out to Marriott International and British Airways of £18.4m and £20m respectively. These two main worldwide firms will wrestle to seek out loopholes to get out their fines, each for knowledge breaches underneath GDPR.