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ICO Issues Guidance for SMBs

DATA PROTECTION—UK

August 9, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued guidance on the top five areas of improvement recommended for small- and medium-size businesses. Among the suggestions, staff training and communication with customers are the most important, SC Magazine reports. The office suggests organizations tell people how their data is being used; ensure proper staff training; use strong passwords; encrypt portable devices, and only retain data for as long as necessary. The ICO recommends charities and third parties conduct data protection checkups given that they often handle sensitive information. The office also offers advisory visits to organizations seeking advice on data protection improvements.
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