From the article:
The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act has received Royal Assent creating tough new sanctions for the privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This new legislation gives the ICO the power to impose substantial fines on organisations that deliberately or recklessly commit serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.
It’s about time that the Data Protection Act got some teeth for dealing with breaches. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find out much more information on this. All I could find on the ICO’s site was a press release and this position paper on the need for the ability to fine for breaches. Anyone out there know more?