IT Pro – UK data breaches decline despite sharp global rise

itproAmount of leaked data is down as organisations prepare for GDPR

Approximately 40% fewer data records were stolen or compromised in the UK in 2017 against the previous year, despite more than 2.6 billion records leaked worldwide, new findings show.

Ahead of GDPR legislation coming into force in May, the number of data breaches recorded in the UK declined from 108 in 2016 to 80 last year, according to Gemalto’s Data Breach Index 2017, released today.

Jason Hart, vice president and CTO for data protection at Gemalto, urged companies to adopt a privacy-by-design approach.

He added: “This will be especially important, considering in 2018 new government regulations like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Australian Privacy Act (APA) go into effect. These regulations require companies to adapt a new mindset towards security, protecting not only their sensitive data but the privacy of the customer data they store or manage.”

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