Feb 132018

The Information Commissioner’s Office has released Q3 statistics on data protection incidents reported to their office. Not surprisingly, reports were up. Some of their key statistics:

Central government sector reports rose by 178% from Q2 (from 9 to 25). Incidents involving a failure to redact data increased from 1 to 11.

Education sector incidents rose by 68%  (from 57 to 96). Incidents involving data sent by email to an incorrect recipient increased from 9 to 21.

Health sector incidents rose by 22%. The three main breach types were:

  • Data posted or faxed to incorrect person;
  • data sent by email to incorrect recipient;
  • loss or theft of paperwork;
  • Data left in insecure location;
  • Failure to redact data;
  • Verbal disclosure;
  • Loss/theft of unencrypted device;
  • Cyber incidents;
  • Failure to use bcc when sending email; and
  • Insecure disposal of paperwork.

Various other principle 7 failures also accounted for a total of 71 further incidents.

Source: ICO

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