A new study has been launched to examine the degree of care and attention given in the UK public sector towards secure data destruction.
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) announced the plans to poll NHS trusts, schools and local authorities on Tuesday (May 26th).
It said that previous research has highlighted “a worrying lack of awareness” of British Standards and legal obligations vis a vis data erasure in the public sector, and the new study will be used as the basis to a campaign to improve matters.
“While it’s not just public sector organisations that are prone to data breaches … the sensitive nature of the data held by public sector organisations can expose them to greater reputational and financial risk,” commented Adam Chandler, chair of the BSIA information destruction section.
A data breach involving the personal information of UK residents can incur a fine of up to £500,000 from the Information Commissioner’s Office for the organisation responsible – a figure set to increase with the introduction of new EU data laws over the next few years.
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