Charities have increasingly suffered data breaches over the last year as third sector organisations suffered 53 data breaches between October and April, compared to just 23 in the previous six months, according to figures published by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The data shows that charitable organisation are the fourth most likely to breach data protection laws, behind health services, local government and educational services.
A data breach is classified as a failure to meet the Data Protection Act. Between April 2013 and March 2014, charities suffered 45 breaches of data, with 21 in the final six months, in comparison between April 2014 and March 2015, there were a total of 76 charitable data breaches, with 53 in the last six months.
Adrian Duffley, risk and compliance manager at chartered accountancy firm HW Fisher advised charities how they can combat data breaches and increase data security.
“My advice to charities is to ensure you have policies in place, that your staff are properly trained in data protection and you use a privacy impact assessment before starting any new project, asking yourself what you are doing with the personal information and why,” he said.
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