Data Security Incidents Reported by the Education Sector Increased After GDPR Introduction

(Schools Week, 15/12/2018) reports:

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reported a rise in reports of disclosure issues – where sensitive information is inadvertently shared – and cyber-attacks between July and September this year. […]

Common disclosure issues include the loss or theft of paperwork or data, information accidentally sent by email to the wrong recipient and inadvertent verbal disclosure. […]

Mark Orchison, a consultant whose firm 9ine works with schools on data protection, said the increase (in disclosure reports) was likely to be because of GDPR and work by the ICO to raise awareness.

“Schools are now actually aware of what data breaches are and are reporting these to demonstrate compliance with the law,” he told Schools Week.