Sharing data? Think before you do


With human error the leading cause of data breaches, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a handy toolkit to help businesses communicate the importance of information security to staff.

At Hayes Connor, we’re sharing some of the tips included in this toolkit to raise awareness of the importance of this issue, and to help organisations across the UK improve their data protection processes.

Tip: All information you work with has value. Share it appropriately

The risk of data sharing  

We live in a data-driven world, so it’s not unusual for us to share our personal information with organisations. Not least because sharing this data tends to make life easier and more convenient. But it’s vital that our data is only used in ways we would expect, and that it is kept safe.

In a recent case, we saw the impact of what can happen when a gym provided a woman’s personal details – including her home address- to another customer who shared her name by mistake. This error led to considerable distress, upset and even fear.

Quick tips

  • Employers must understand the importance of data protection and make sure that strict policies and procedures are put place to ensure the safe processing of information – both in and out of the office
  • In many cases, data breaches can be avoided by staff abiding by the data protection principles of their businesses. But it is up to employers to make sure that all staff receive regular data protection training to make sure they understand the potential consequences of breaching data protection laws
  • Organisations must do more to protect personal information. For example, by designing systems that only allow the relevant people to have access
  • Every staff member accessing personal records should provide a reason for doing so.

Not just hackers

Data breaches are not just caused by cybercriminals. For more advice on how to keep your data safe, follow our #notjusthackers campaign on Twitter and Facebook.

Alternatively, if you have been the victim of a data breach or cyber fraud, find out how we can help you to recover any losses or give us a call on 0151 363 5895 to discuss your case in more depth.