The State of the State: U.K. Government Data Breaches

Government data breaches are very much a parochial problem in the U.K., causing indignation in widespread locales. In its recently published Annual Report for 2012/13, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) states that data leaks by local authorities are a priority area for the data protection body. The ICO receives both individual complaints and declarations of self-reported data breaches from public and private entities.

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ENISA Surveys Stakeholders of Upcoming EU Data Breach Notification Regime

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The European Network and Information Security Agency has recently published a report on data breach notifications in the European Union. ENISA surveyed data protection authorities, telecommunications regulatory authorities and telecom operators from different countries in the EU, but also from other non-EU countries such as the United States.
Using the various stakeholders’ responses, the report helps understand the practices and challenges of the future mandatory data breach notification regime, and aims to assist public authorities and private organizations in the EU as they implement data breach notification policies by providing a set of recommendations.
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