Data security breached 9,000 times in government departments in just 1 year

September 16th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
Personal data security was breached nearly 9,000 times in UK government departments in one year, according to a damning report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

The watchdog revealed the 17 largest departments recorded 8,995 data breaches in 2014-15, but that only 14 were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was the worst offender, with 6,041 breaches and just three reported to the ICO. Almost all of those not reported were “minor” breaches that “potentially had an impact on customers but were not managed centrally by the department.”

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had 2,801 breaches and also reported just three to the ICO.

Under the Data Protection Act, Whitehall departments can decide which personal data breaches to report to the ICO. However, the NAO said it was impossible to determine how serious the thousands of incidents not disclosed to the commissioner were.

“The lack of detail in the self-reporting data means it is not possible to determine how significant any of the 8,981 incidents (not reported to the ICO) were. The data reflect public reporting as signed off by accounting officers and highlight major variations in incident reporting processes across departments.”

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