Shred-it has compiled a list of seven of the worst data protection mistakes, which exposed personal data on at least 26,000 people. According to a release, among the worst offenders listed is
"The public sector is guilty of serious failings in the way it is looking after people's confidential and personal information. The lack of improvement in data security is particularly worrying given the quantity of personal data that public sector organisations hold. Simple and easily avoidable errors are not only costly but are hugely damaging to an organisation's reputation as each week another privacy breach hits the headlines," said
Earlier this year, 2,000 council records were inadvertently uploaded to the internet website What Do They Know after an employee from
Shred-it is calling for public sector institutions to undertake training in data protection to ensure fewer mistakes are made in 2014.
"Patients are already under a lot of stress and the last thing they need is to worry about the security of their private information. All staff handling confidential data need to have a security conscious mind-set, to avoid simple errors becoming costly and dangerous," said Guice.
"Perhaps a better way for the ICO to combat this on-going issue is set in place a programme, which sees data protection fines being ring-fenced into comprehensive information security training," said Guice.
"Adopting an information security system has had a direct benefit to our business," said Luke Champion AIEMA, Environment Manager,
"Proper training of staff in data protection and information security is a preventative measure that has the ability to transform the way public sector institutions treat confidential data. The private sector must also avoid complacency when it comes to its handling of confidential data as stats show that two in every five large businesses suffer a data breach with losses of more than
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Shred-it has compiled a list of seven of the worst data protection mistakes, which exposed personal data on at least 26,000 people.
According to a release, among the worst offenders listed is