Published: 17 January 2023
The Office of Data Protection Authority (ODPA) has published its latest breach statistics with 28 personal data breaches reported during November and December 2022. This brings the total breaches reported for 2022 to 151, compared to 177 in 2021, and 180 in 2020.
“As always, there are important learning points in these latest figures that are relevant for everyone charged with looking after people’s information. Whilst we welcome the fall in reported incidents, we must ensure that the reporting obligations are understood and complied with across the regulated community. We want to do all we can to encourage openness, integrity and accountability in the handling of all personal data, especially when things do not go to plan and would take this opportunity to remind organisations of the legal duty to report breaches to us. Doing so not only ensures they remain compliant with the legal responsibilities they have, it also allows us all to understand and learn about real world risks with a view to taking steps to reducing and avoiding them where possible.”