European Data Protection Digest

Consumers: Data Breach? Disclose It

DATA LOSS—UK

December 3, 2010

A recent survey has found that 80 percent of UK consumers support compulsory public data loss disclosures by organisations, IDG News reports. Of the 5,000 consumers polled via the Internet, 70 percent responded in favor of more prescriptive regulations, with 62 percent supporting hefty fines for data breaches and 31 percent suggesting executives should be subject to criminal proceedings. Ross Brewer of LogRhythm, which sponsored the survey, said respondents support "wide-ranging reform of data protection laws, including the implementation of mandatory data breach notifications." The survey also found that "when people hear about the loss of confidential information, they will actively avoid the organisations involved," the report states.
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