The most significant UK data breaches in 2017
Seldom does a week go by without a major data breach being reported. As organisations continue to struggle to secure their valuable data against an ever-growing range of threats, the fear of a breach is keeping any CISO worth their salt up at night.
Now, with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to be implemented in May next year, and ever since the prospect became a reality in 2016 businesses have rushed to ensure they’re prepared for one of the most – if not the most – stringent data laws in the world.
While the UK is on course to leave the European Union, Britain will effectively mirror the GDPR to ensure that the free flow of data can continue across borders with as few hitches as possible.
According to recent figures from PwC, the UK is one of the most active regions for data regulation action with enforcement notices rising 155 percent in 2016 compared to 2015.
This year is no exception – with less than a year before GDPR comes into effect, high-profile breaches are still occurring. Here are some of the more significant from UK organisations that came to light in 2017.