There has been a call for better funding for the country's data regulator.
A report from the Information Commissioner's Office highlighted a high number of incidents involving local government, and discovered the ICO issued £1.97m in penalties to companies found to that breached data protection rules in the past year.
In one example, a probation officer pleaded guilty to revealing the new address of a domestic violence victim to the alleged perpetrator. The officer was fined £150, and had to pay £280 in costs.
The ICO was reported to have secured 12 criminal convictions and two cautions for the unlawful obtaining of personal data.
At the launch of the report, the UK's information commissioner will argue: "It is clear that organisations' use of data is getting ever more complicated. People need to know someone is watching over their information.
"Independence means someone who's got the resources to take on this ever-growing number of cases. The last 12 months have been a record year - more complaints resolved than ever, more enforcement action taken and more advice given through our helpline.
"And it also means having the powers to act on the more serious complaints. A strong regulator is needed if a data breach affects millions of people."
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