UK: More than 700 school data breaches in a year

Martin George reports:

The number of data breaches reported by schools increased by almost a quarter in just two years, new research shows.

Schools in the UK reported 703 data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2016-17, compared with 571 in 2014-15.

A freedom of information request by accountancy network UHY Hacker Young showed that 674 were reported in 2015-16.

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It is hard to attempt to draw comparisons to the situation in the U.S. due to the absence of any one centralized agency in the U.S. that requires notifications to it (such as the Information Commissioner’s Office).  By looking within states that have mandatory reporting to the state, we may be able to determine if reports are increasing over years, but getting actual numbers that are likely to be reliable seems to be a bit unlikely still.

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