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Public and private sectors told to apply focus to data security

Published 21 November 2012

Westminster event urges 'pragmatic approach to data security' to improve customer confidence


Hard on the heels of the ICO's publication of a code of conduct for anonymised data, former prisons minister Crispin Blunt was expected to call today for improvements in the way data is used in the public and private sectors.

At a Westminster event, Blunt planned to discuss how organisations should protect privacy while using data management to boost the economy.

Blunt was due to say that, "Data security is one of the biggest issues facing businesses and Government in the modern world. We need to highlight how data can be used to boost the economy, while still protecting people's privacy. The public and private sectors both have an important role to play discussing common standards."

In his remarks, Blunt will add that managing data can be viewed negatively and associated with increased costs. However, making data management integral to internal processes can create operational efficiencies such as automated workflows and a reduction in errors. Streamlining and cost efficiencies can go hand-in-hand with information assurance.

He is also expected to urge organisations to implement a pragmatic approach to data security in order to prevent leaks, misuse and to improve customer confidence. With ever-increasing, and often fragmented, regulatory pressures to navigate, alongside the increasing benefits of open data, the Canon-backed event aims to help organisations understand the common data security principles to identify, control and utilise the data that they hold.

Canon public affairs director Bob Pickles said: "Our research shows that just 12 per cent of consumers believe organisations are doing enough to protect their personal data. There is clearly an opportunity for private and public sector organisations to raise consumer confidence by openly communicating security credentials to help everyone become more aware of the importance of data security."


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