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Sensitive information breaches revealed

by Brian Sims

A series of Freedom of Information requests from security and communications specialist ViaSat have revealed that, whilst the number of reported data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has remained relatively stable, the amount of monetary penalties issued by the body has more than halved. At the same time, analysis of the theft of computing and communications equipment reported to police forces across the UK shows that, especially in cases of burglary and pick pocketing, devices that could contain sensitive or personal data form a significant proportion of items taken. While there were 1,150 self-reported data breaches between March 8th, 2012 and March 8th, 2013 there were 1,274 between March 1st, 2013 and February 28th, 2014: an increase of only 11 per cent. In the same period, the number and size of monetary penalties imposed for self-reported breaches fell significantly: from 20 penalties totalling

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