European Data Protection Digest

ICO Investigation Finds Dangers on Discarded Hard Drives

DATA LOSS—UK

April 27, 2012

A recent report by Information Commissioner Christopher Graham warns that people are "in danger of becoming a soft touch for online fraudsters," The Telegraph reports. An investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found that of 200 hard drives purchased, 11 percent contained personal information and about 50 percent still had some data on them. Two of the drives had enough information to be able to steal the individual's identity, the report states. Meanwhile, a recent survey has found that 12 percent of consumers believe organisations are adequately protecting their data, while 76 percent say they'd leave a business or service if their data was leaked.
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