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The ICO have updated their Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) code of practice to help organisations respect peoples’ privacy when handling information. The PIA outlines varying privacy issues that could occur when processing personal information including identifying privacy risks and addressing these risks in the final project plan. The moves come after a large number of data breaches in 2014 and independent research conducted by The ICO showing that only 40% of the public believe organisations handle their data in a fair and proper way, The ICO hope the updated code will “help organisations of all sizes ensure the privacy risks of a project are identified and addressed at an early stage”.
Data security is like a proverbial chain, it is only as good as its weakest link, should the weak link be exposed it will result in heavy fines, damage to reputation and loss of business. For example, a Government department sold personal information relating to victims of a terrorist incident. The files were inside a locked cabinet, which was sold at auction, unbeknownst to the staff. The detailed files included the victims’ injuries, family details, the amount of compensation offered, as well as confidential ministerial advice. Upon finding the files, the ICO were alerted and fined the Government department £185,000 for “a very serious data breach”.
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