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Organisations still failing at the Basics of Data Protection, says ICO

David Smith, deputy commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has recently spoken about the fact that ‘UK organisations need to realise that examples of good practice do exist and that security improvements need not necessarily be expensive’ in the realms of data protection. A recent article in computerweekly.co.uk has highlighted the fact that UK organisations are continuing to lose portable storage media containing unencrypted data, and that although government departments are improving in this regard, smaller private organisations and lower levels of public services, such as doctor’s surgeries, give the impression they don’t feel that the rules apply to them, and that data loss will not apply to them.

Smith states, “If organisations do not keep personal information they do not need, they are less likely to lose it.”

The Information Commissioner’s Office gained the power to fine organisations for data breaches in April 2010, and although only six penalties have been imposed, they were imposed for ‘failing to meet the requirement of addressing the risk and having appropriate measures in place’ rather than purely for losing data.

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