We use this page to show trends in statistics for data breaches reported to the ICO. So far we have statistics for the first and second quarters of this year (1 April - 30 June 2013 and 1 July – 30 September) and we will add to it each quarter.
The standout figure is the growth in the number of incidents, with 19 per cent more reported to the ICO in the second quarter of the year than the first. The sector breakdown shows that much of this rise is due to an increase in reports from the health sector, where 46 more incidents were reported. The health sector continues to report more incidents than any other, though it’s important to remember that the Government expects NHS organisations to self-report potential data breaches to the ICO, which means fewer go unreported.
Personal information being disclosed in error remains the number one reason for the incidents reported to us, an issue we touched upon in a blog earlier this year. It’s worth noting that lost or stolen paperwork reports rose by 50 per cent and lost or stolen hardware by 38 per cent. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this in the coming months to see whether this marks the beginning of a trend.
Data breach incidents by quarter
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Data breach incidents by quarter (.csv format)
Incidents by sector