UK parliamentary watchdog bemoans inconsistent personal data breach reporting within government

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said (69-page / 542KB PDF) there are “major and unexplained variations in the extent to which individual departments report security breaches” at the moment, and urged the government to work with the UK’s data protection authority to develop new guidelines on the issue.

“The Cabinet Office should consult with the Information Commissioner’s Office to establish best practice reporting guidelines and issue these to departments to ensure consistent personal data breach reporting from the beginning of the 2017-18 financial year,” the PAC said.

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