UK is showing some confidence in personal data security

Posted on November 1, 2011

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A SURVEY by the Information commissioner’s office in the UK shows that 49% of the respondents were confident of the way businesses use their personal data in terms of security, as reported by V3.

The accompanying article presents this finding as ‘less than half’ of respondants being confident, and notes that it underlines the importance for firms to securely handle and retain data. However, it seems more surprising to me that nearly half were confident in the security of their personal data, especially when combined with the figures from the same article showing a 58% increase in private sector data breaches.

Another frightening figure from the V3 article is that only 72% of firms are even aware of their legal obligation to keep data secure. The fact that this figure is up 26% on last year is at once reassuring that business is catching on and worrying that so few were aware of their legal obligations until this year.

What is more is that this survey was based in the UK, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the British markets were ahead of the New Zealand curve. It is frustrating to this blogger that there appear to be little or no surveys of this kind in NZ, and makes me wonder about the priorities of the privacy commission.

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