Published on October 25th, 20120
Public sector failing data protection duties
The majority of public organisations are in danger of breaching the Data Protection Act, with audits conducted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) showing that just nine per cent of public bodies have security processes in place that fully satisfy the demands of the Act.
The private sector fairs much better, with 69 per cent of the commercial organisations demonstrated ‘robust’ security measures. Local government is the worst culprit, with just one out of 19 audits achieving the required mark, followed by the health service and central government with one out of 15, and two out of 11, respectively.
“While the NHS and central government departments we’ve audited generally have good information governance and training practices in place, they need to do more to keep people’s data secure,” says ICO head of good practice Louise Byers.