Almost 5.500 data breaches reported in 2016

Almost 5.500 data breaches reported in 2016

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The Authority Personal data (AP) this year is almost over 5,500 reports of data breaches at companies and other organizations receive.

That has the regulator on Wednesday announced.

In 2016, there was for the first time, an obligation to report data breaches. Organisations that personal data is lost or personal information, for example, accidentally unprotected on the internet – must be reported to the watchdog.

Nearly one-third of the reports comes from the health sector. Followed by financial services (17 percent) and public administration (15 percent). In september, almost half of the Dutch municipalities, a datalek reported.

The AP says more than a hundred organizations with an official warning to have sent. In dozens of cases, was a more in-depth investigation. That can also lead to a penalty of up to hundreds of thousands of euros, already has the guard dog that is not yet distributed.

In conversation with warned AP-president Aleid Wolfsen earlier this year for such fines. He wants, moreover, that its authority is growing, so that the AP can also act as a privacy ombudsman where citizens can complain.

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