Mr Williams said, ‘Councils need to take data protection more seriously. We recently conducted a Freedom of Information Act request amongst the 440 UK councils which revealed a significant gap in data security protection amongst local authorities (LAs) in the UK, with 55 per cent reporting breaches of “official” data in the last two years. More worryingly it also showed a staggering 60 per cent of LAs don’t know how much sensitive “official” data they hold, or where it is kept, with one authority suffering 213 data breaches in just two years.
‘This insight reveals a huge gap in approach within LAs across the UK, with a worrying majority lacking in their understanding of the actual position they are in regarding data security, let alone bringing protection up to standard, breaches are commonplace – and what is equally as worrying is the serious lack of insight they have into their own situation. These authorities need to act very quickly or more sensitive public data will be lost to potentially criminal sources.’