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UK government breached personal data security 9,000 times in a year, watchdog reveals

UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) has found that government has breached personal data security nearly 9,000 times in a year. Most of breaches – about 6,000 – are on HMRC.

NAO found that 17 largest departments recorded 8,995 data breaches in years 2014-2015, but reported to the Information Commissioner (ICO) only 14 incidents. Although not all incidents shall be reported to ICO, NAO observed that lack of detail in the self-reporting data means it is not possible to determine how significant any of unreported breaches was.

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