Statistics show the ICO's data protection enforcement strategy is failing

12/04/2024 | Mischon de Reya

Newly released official figures from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) reveal an alarming 8000% increase in the number of people affected by financial data breaches in central government between 2019 and 2023. In 2023, approximately 195 million data subjects in the UK were likely put at risk by breaches of data security in central government relating to economic or financial data. Mischon de Reya highlighted that the figures obtained from reports of personal data breaches made to the ICO under Article 33 of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) were buried away in a freedom of information disclosure.

The findings suggest a need for the government to improve data security and for the ICO to consider more robust enforcement measures in the public sector.

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