European Data Protection Digest

Customer Data A Hot Commodity

DATA THEFT—UK

August 20, 2010

When employees and contractors leave a company, the item they're most likely to steal is customer data, according to a recent survey by IT security company SailPoint. OUT-LAW.COM reports that 52 percent of the 1,065 UK workers surveyed said they would take a former employee's property, with 23 percent of them saying they would take customer data and contact details. A SailPoint executive said the survey shows that employees and companies do not yet treat information as a valuable enough asset. The survey, which asked 1,000 UK employees what they would do if they were given access to a confidential file by mistake found that 57 percent would look at the file.
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