The European Commission (EC) have publicly stated that the UK Government is not adequately enforcing European data privacy laws and is ready to clamp down on them in 2 months time. Reported on the Infosecurity web site and backed up by our recent discussions with the ICO; next year is likely to be the year in which Enterprises feel the full force of European legislation regarding the data privacy. Enterprises will be under increasing pressure to ensure that every step is taken to secure data both at rest (internally) and in transit (e.g. securing file transfers).
The powers at the disposal of the ICO are also being addressed with individuals responsible for data security breaches potentially being liable for custodial sentences.