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Deputy commissioner David Smith tells seminar ICO supports Trusted Computing

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is keen to support and promote Trusted Computing, according to deputy commissioner David Smith.

Trusted Computing (TC) is a set of open cross-platform specifications for hardware and software to manage and protect data and digital identities.

Developed and promoted by the Trusted Computing Group, Trusted Computing allows third parties to verify that only authorised code runs on a system.

"Trusted Computing is consistent with privacy by design, which is a key part of our agenda," David Smith (pictured) told attendees of the 2011 Trusted Computing Seminar hosted by Wave Systems in London.

The ICO is keen to see Trusted Computing embedded in the draft European data protection law to be published in November, he said.

With reference to future legislative changes to comply with EU requirements, Smith said the ICO would continue to work to ensure the UK had "a sensible legal instrument" for data protection.

This would include pushing for prison sentences for those found guilty of breaching UK data protection law.

"There should be serious penalties for those accessing personal information illegally," said Smith, adding that this did not refer only to journalists and hackers, but included private investigators and members of the UK police forces.

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