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The UK's private sector accounted for more than a third of all reported data breaches over 11 months, but less than 1% of the resulting fines, according to a Freedom of Information request.
The data was issued by the Information Commissioner's Office after a request by satellite system-maker Viasat.
It shows five fines totalling £790,000 were imposed on the public sector and one £1,000 penalty on a private firm.
The release covered self-reported personal data security breaches between 22 March 2011 and 17 February 2012.