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May 31, 2010

ICO data breach reports exceed 1,000

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by Darren Allan

The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) has now received in excess of 1,000 reports of data breaches.

You know, the sort of affairs usually involving a council, a dopey employee and an unencrypted USB stick being lost at a local garden centre or somewhere equally improbable.

Although it isn’t councils across Britain, but the NHS which is the worst offender when it comes to data security breaches, clocking up the most.

Councils came in third place, behind private sector companies, who were responsible for the second most losses.

Last month, the ICO was finally given the power to levy meaningful fines on organisations responsible for serious data breaches.

Whereas previously the maximum penalty imposable was £5,000, it’s now £500,000, packing considerably more sting.

The ICO is yet to slap a big fine on an offender, but it’s going to happen sooner or later.

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