Government measures to introduce an online age verification system for adult websites have come under fresh attack just weeks before they are set to be implemented amid claims they are a “privacy timebomb”.
Fresh evidence that the Information Commissioner’s Office is one of the busiest regulators in the EU has emerged with new figures showing it has received over 40 data breach notifications every day since May 25 2108, with a monthly average of 1,276 cases.
GDPR may have been in force for well over a year now, but UK staff have yet to change the way they handle sensitive data, with a third (34%) admitting they are still not taking the new regulation seriously even though the vast majority (84%) concede they know about compliance and their responsibilities.
Businesses have long been warned about “the enemy within” but fresh evidence that firms need to keep a closer eye on their own staff has emerged in a new study which shows that nearly half of employees would be tempted to sell on corporate information if the money was right.
With the anniversary of GDPR looming, many UK businesses are still failing to process requests from customers who are exercising their right to access the personal information stored about them, with a third of companies non-compliant.
UK consumers are growing increasingly concerned over how companies - and the Government for that matter - protect their sensitive personal data, with two-fifths (41%) believing firms should do more and over a quarter insisting there is currently not enough state support for data security and cyber-protection.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has secured a deal with social charity Good Things Foundation as part of plans to help people without digital skills to complete the "digital first" Census in England and Wales, taking place in 2021.
Businesses are ignoring potentially valuable data and do not have the resources to take advantage of it, and, although they recognise the value of using all of their data, most do not even know whether this information exists or how to find, prepare, analyse or use it.
The Geospatial Commission is testing the feasibility of creating a digital map of underground pipes and cables as part of plans to develop a nationwide scheme which would enable utilities to more efficiently access, use and share data on what is currently the hidden infrastructure.
There is huge demand from private, public and third sector organisations in both the UK and overseas to explore data trusts, with most participants enthusiastic and eager to find ways of sharing data while retaining trust, and still deriving benefits for themselves and others.