This is an interesting development. In response to the huge data breach in the UK (Canadian Privacy Law Blog: UK loses sensitive personal data on 25m people), the Parliamentary Justice committee is calling for criminal penalties for large data breaches. See: U.K. Needs Tougher Laws to Protect Private Data, Lawmakers Say - Bloomberg.com: U.K. & Ireland.
For some additional comments, see: IMPACT®: Data protection - more signs of unrest.