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Information Commissioner warns data breaches fuelling public mistrust

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By John Glenday, Reporter

October 22, 2011 | 2 min read

A report compiled on behalf of the Information Commissioner has found that breaches in the rules governing the handling of data have risen by 58% over the past year.

The rise in the volume of breaches is such that it is contributing to a loss of faith in the system with nearly three quarters of individuals belieing their personal data is not secure.

If follows a number of recent high profile cases, including an attack on the Sony Playstation Network which affected millions of customers.

On the plus side the number of firms now saying they understand the Data Protection Act has increased to nearly 75%.

Christopher Graham said: “I’m encouraged that the private sector is waking up to its data protection responsibilities, with unprompted awareness of the Act’s principles higher than ever.

“However, the sector does not seem to be putting its knowledge to good use. The fact is that security breaches in the private sector are on the rise, and public confidence in good information handling is declining. Businesses seem to know what they need to do – now they just need to get on with doing it.”

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