Global Dispatches: U.K. to bolster data security

A bill under consideration in Parliament would allow U.K. Information Commissioner Richard Thomas to directly impose fines on businesses for the "deliberate or reckless loss of data."

The legislation would also permit Thomas' office to spot-check central government and local authorities for compliance with the U.K. Data Protection Act. It also calls for the information commissioner's office to publish rules on how and when organizations should notify it of data breaches.

The legislation follows a July review of U.K. data security issues by Thomas and professor Mark Walport of the Wellcome Trust, a London-based medical research charity.

The proposed legislation was unveiled last week by Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw, who contended that the measures would improve transparency and accountability. -- Leo King, Computerworld U.K.

Tata Opens BPO Center in China

MUMBAI, India -- Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. late last month announced that it had set up a services delivery center in Tianjin, China, its fourth in the country.

The services firm said that it will use the new facility to deliver business process optimization services to clients in China, the U.S., Japan and Europe.

The Tianjin center will be designed to accommodate 300 employees per shift, according to Tata.

Tata already has delivery centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The company said that 1,300 of its 121,600 employees work in China. -- John Ribeiro, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

Microsoft Corp. last month hired Simon Leung, former president of Motorola Asia-Pacific, to replace Ya-Qin Zhang as chairman and CEO of its Chinese operations, which include Taiwan. Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service

This version of the story originally appeared in Computerworld's print edition.

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