Charities reported more than 500 personal data breaches last year

Charities filed more than 500 reports of personal data breaches last year, official figures show. 

The latest annual report from the Information Commissioner’s Office says it received 11,854 reports of personal data breaches from all sources during the year to the end of March, down from 13,840 in the previous year. 

The report says charities reported 4.5 per cent of the breaches during the year, which is equivalent to about 535 cases. 

The charity sector was eighth on the list of the sectors producing the highest proportion of data breaches throughout the year, well behind the health sector in first place on 19.7 per cent of cases.

The report says 95 per cent of all data breaches required no action by the regulator, but does not break this figure down by sector.

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