Welcome to #WeekendWisdom number 67. This week we’re going to talk about Data Protection Commission Report 2020.

Yesterday the Data Protection Commission (DPC) in Ireland released their annual report for 2020 and I’ll just give a quick summary of its findings here.

What is the number 1 complaint that the DPC get?

The number one source of complaints for the third year in a row under the GDPR remains access requests. So, businesses out there are still having trouble giving people access to their data that they’re entitled to.

I always focus in the training to make sure that people get their access rights done properly. They have proper procedures in place to handle these requests from individuals.

Any figures for Data Breaches?

Over in regard to data breaches. The number of those reported to the Data Protection Commission has increased again by about 8% overall.

But the number one source of data breaches was unauthorised disclosures of personal data, which was up 12.5% over last year, to nearly 6,000 breaches, which is really, really significant.

Data Breaches caused by hacking were up about 40% and Ransomware incidents also doubled over last year. So, things are going the wrong way.

Is there any good news in the Data Protection Commission Report 2020?

Just to finish on a happy note. I was delighted to see that data breaches in regard to phishing have halved over last year. So that must mean people are getting really good training out there on how to spot dodgy emails.

So that’s it for this week. Lets be careful out there and we’ll talk to you again next week.


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