Personal data breaches have become all too common, with over 9,000 reports received by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the last year alone. However, it's rare for data breaches to generate public debate, either because their impact isn't immediately obvious or because people have grown used to data loss as an inevitable part of modern digital life. However, the two incidents involving the PSNI and the Electoral Commission from this past week have brought the issue of data security back into the spotlight. Speaking to The Guardian, data consultancy expert Caroline Carruthers believes that these incidents should serve as a wake-up call for everyone to take data protection seriously and to become more aware of how their data is being used by both commercial and criminal entities.
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