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Information Commissioner: Breaches on the Rise

DATA PROTECTION—UK

October 25, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says the number of data security breaches in the private sector is on the rise, increasing by 58 percent in 2010. The increase comes despite the fact that private sector organizations reported "unprompted awareness" of data protection obligations under the law, reports Out-Law.com. In a survey of 806 private and public sector organizations, 72 percent acknowledged their data protection obligation, up 18 percent from the previous year. "I'm encouraged that the private sector is waking up to its data protection responsibilities," said Information Commissioner Christopher Graham. "However, the sector does not seem to be putting its knowledge to good use." He added that as the number of breaches rise, public confidence declines.
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