The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released its 2016/17 annual report on 13th July, which showed another steep rise in the number of data protection incidents. There were a total of 2565 self-reported data protection incidents in 2016/17, an increase of over 30% from the previous year. Once again the top sectors, by number of incidents, were Healthcare (41%) and Local Government (11%). The breakdown of the types of data protection incident is also interesting, with the top causes as follows:
- Data posted, faxed or emailed to incorrect recipient (26%); and
- Loss or theft of paperwork (14%).
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