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In recent years, there have been a number of embarrassing, high profile data breach blunders. We all heard about the secret government documents detailing the UK’s policies for fighting global terrorist funding, drugs trafficking and money laundering, which were found on a London-bound train in June 2008. More recently, in 2011, Oliver Letwin faced fierce criticism after dumping documents on terrorism and national security into a bin in St. James Park in London, on no less than five occasions.
Whilst these extreme, high profile cases are rare, there are thousands of companies who have been found to mishandle confidential information relating to their customers. Indeed nearly half of the 500+ senior IT professionals surveyed for some recent research into data security admitted they had experienced a data breach. (more…)
Since announcing that it issued 68 warning notices for data security lapses for the first half of 2012, (up 48 per cent from 46 the previous year), the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a a series of further serious fines to the likes of local councils and charities.
It’s clear that the ICO is turning up the heat against data breaches. With more warnings and fines issued for data security lapses than ever before, the writing is clearly on the wall for businesses that are failing to keep their data under lock and key. (more…)