As reported on civilsociety.co.uk, a new report from The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) reveals the findings of 32 visits to charitable organisations looking at how they manage data. Victoria Heath, group manager good practice, has responded by saying that there is “room for improvement.”
She wrote on the ICO blog: “Encouragingly, a third of the charities we visited had good access controls in place, which made sure that IT systems containing personal data were only accessible to those that actually needed to use the information. However, there is also room for improvement. For example over half of the charities we visited had no retention schedule explaining when data should be destroyed.”
Suggestions for improvement included: disabling USB ports and CD drives to make sure data cannot be extracted, working remotely and ensuring passports are complex.
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