2017 was a big year for data breaches – What will 2018 be like as GDPR finally kicks in?

Last year many companies had to deal with data breaches and cyber threats. Hardly a week passed without an organisation like Uber, Xbox and Yahoo suffering a major data breach and many more businesses became victims as well.

Sometimes it takes publicity and a feeling it could be us next to realise the gravity of cyber risks and threats and take action. To expand the rights of data subjects to control how their personal data is collected and processed, the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect in May and applies to all organisations that monitor the behaviour of, or offer goods and services to, EU residents.

This means that we are more likely to hear in the news when data breaches happen. It’s also important to mention that all data breaches with a risk (note – not just a high risk – any risk) to the rights and freedoms of data subjects must be reported to the ICO within 72 hours. Companies will need to be much more aware of data breaches and be able to detect them.

A warning from the past infographic, highlights all the data breaches and cyber-attacks from 2017.


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