GOC avoids fine for mishandling personal data

The regulator avoids a fine from the ICO after mis-selling data

23 Dec 2015 by John White

GOC logoThe General Optical Council (GOC) has confirmed to OT that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, will not be issuing a fine to the regulator.

This follows a public apology from the GOC to registrants (7 December), after the regulator made an error when processing personal data.

A spokesperson at the GOC informed OT that: “The ICO has now considered the matter and has informed us that it is satisfied with the action we have taken following the data breach and will not be issuing a financial penalty.

“We would like to apologise again for the concern caused to registrants and are conducting a thorough review of our procedures to avoid any similar breaches occurring in the future.”

OT understands that the GOC has also reported the incident to the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), which oversees the GOC as a regulator.

In an earlier statement to OT, the GOC confirmed that the three organisations that received the personal data have since deleted the information and confirmed that it was not passed on to any third party.

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