ICO calls for prison sentences as more businesses report data loss
I saw this and thought of you all………………………
Almost 90 per cent of businesses have suffered some form of data loss in the past year.
A survey of 1,987 European businesses by CA Technologies found that respondents had struggled to deal with IT systems failure, attacks and human error. A total of 88 per cent of respondents suffered application and data loss incidents in the past year, while 63 per cent had experienced an IT systems failure, such as a network, storage or software failure.
In the survey, 94 per cent said their data protection budgets either stagnated or grew in the past year, and more than a third (35 per cent) were increasing their investment in this area. Forty-one per cent of organisations expected cloud computing to play an increasingly important role in their business continuity plans over the next year.
The news follows an announcement by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that it wants harsher punishments for those convicted of abusing personal data.
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham called for custodial sentences after former Barclays cashier Sarah Langridge pleaded guilty to illegally accessing the account details of a customer, against whom her husband had been jailed for a sex attack.
She was fined £800, made to pay £400 costs and a £15 victims’ surcharge in a hearing at Brighton Magistrates Court.
Graham said: “The details of this case are truly shocking. The victim had a harrowing enough experience at the hands of her attacker; the revelation that her attacker’s wife was then rooting through all her personal details, for whatever purpose, would have caused even further distress.
Maybe this veiled threat can help to focus the business mind. Clearly the possibility of a financial penalty has little or no effect. But of course, it won’t happen to you, will it?