How can we protect against data breaches?

Posted by rmt22 at Aug 01, 2018 09:25 AM |
A misdirected email, a lost laptop, or keeping personal data for too long – it has never been more important to understand data breaches.

All these things are classed as a data breach under the new GDPR/Data Protection Act 2018 rules. It’s likely you have read about data breaches in the news which have had serious repercussions for the individuals whose data is exposed (no one would like their bank details or health information made available to a wider audience).

Under new GDPR/DPA rules these breaches can also lead to large fines of up to €20 million or 4% of annual turnover and generate considerable negative publicity for organisations. The reputation of the organisation could be negatively affected and funding bodies might think twice about working with an organisation with such a track record.

It is everyone’s responsibility to manage information securely, however breaches can and do happen. When they happen it is vital that they are reported to the Information Commissioner within 72 hours to ensure that appropriate actions are taken.

As well as the reporting requirement it is important for us to understand our breaches to put in place corrective measures if they are required.

A new Quick Guide on Understanding Data Breaches has been produced which outlines the key things you need to know about data breaches. This includes the creation of a new dedicated hot line to report data incidents on 0116 252 5800.

Please make yourself familiar with this and ensure that you report any incidents as soon as you become aware of them.

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