Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, has called for prison sentences to deter the illegal sale and purchase of people’s data. Graham, who is in charge of regulating data in the UK, said that data theft is not a victimless crime. His call came in his report that detailed a concerning increase in the number of complaints about use of data. There was a 30% rise in complaints about people’s data – up to 33,000 – in 2009/2010 compared to the previous year. Many of the complaints related to the rights of data subjects to access data, the way the data was disclosed, and how accurate it was. In addition, the report revealed that there was a 20% annual jump in the number of complaints – to 3,700 – over public bodies’ failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.