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Data Protection & Privacy Awareness ‘On The Rise’

The latest annual report from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has revealed that awareness of data protection and privacy issues is climbing among members of the public thanks to new laws like the General Data Protection Regulation and high profile investigations.

For the year 2017-2018, the ICO issued the biggest number and amount of civil monetary penalties in the history of the organisation, including 26 penalties totalling £3.28 million for breaches of laws relating to spam texts and nuisance calls.

In addition, there were 11 fines handed down (totalling £1.29 million) for security failures under the Data Protection Act 1998. Interestingly, there was a 15 per cent increase in data protection complaints, self-reported breaches (30 per cent) and a rise of five per cent in freedom of information complaints.

Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, commented on the findings, saying: “This is an important time for privacy rights, with a new legal framework and increased public interest. Transparency and accountability must be paramount, otherwise it will be impossible to build trust in the way that personal information is obtained, used and shared online.”

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