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UK Keeps Low Profile On Data Protection Day

CyberArk Software : 01 February, 2011  (Technical Article)
Cyber-Ark expresses disappointment at the lack of proactive involvement from the UK in raising awareness of data protection issues during Europe's Data Protection Day
Friday marked the Council of Europe's annual Data Protection Day. Organised to promote awareness of data privacy, this year’s event also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Convention 108, considered to be the cornerstone of privacy and personal data protection in Europe. The day culminated in a high level meeting in Brussels between the Council of Europe and the European Commission who joined forces to promote this fundamental issue as well as initiate a review into the modernisation of Convention 108.



Mark Fullbrook, Director of UK & Ireland, has said the following: “Data Protection Day is a great opportunity to highlight the need for a tightening of data security industry-wide. It is therefore all the more disappointing that the UK failed to do anything proactive to coincide with the event.



“Given the recent wave of web-attacks, lost laptops and lost data, the event would have served as a timely reminder to the British public and business community that it is absolutely essential that we continue to campaign for a strengthening of data protection practices today.



“Raising awareness of the issue is absolutely key, as consumers clearly need a greater understanding of their rights when it comes to data privacy. However, to be truly effective, data protection must be top of mind 24/7.  This is where organisations must play their part.



“It is for the businesses and organisations, with whom consumers entrust their data, to ensure that all confidential information is held securely and is not subjected to any form of infiltration.  That means implementing a secure, robust and auditable system that allows the safe transfer and sharing of data, whilst also allowing firms to log all of the access to, and movement of, the information.  This is the only way to effectively protect data and maintain public faith in security systems.”
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