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Don’t cut your data protection activity in 2012; use DataWise!

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its data protection and freedom of information strategy for 2012 and within it, has suggested that businesses shouldn’t be cutting back on its spend in this area in 2012.

Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, has suggested that business too often see data protection and freedom of information issues as a “mere ‘back office’ function to be cut”.

“Businesses under pressure in the downturn must be tempted to cut corners and push boundaries,” he added. “That’s a bad call, since the first casualty of a big data breach is going to be a brand’s reputation. Consumers will abandon companies that disrespect their privacy.”

Graham added that those dealing with information security and access to information are “under real pressure, hit by the double whammy of increasing demands for information from citizens and consumers on the one hand and reduced resourcing on the other”.

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