According to the UK's Information Comissioner's Office, the number of data breaches in the private sector rose by 58 percent in the 2011/12 period.

"Yet the ICO said it was happy to see the private sector getting a grip on understanding the Data Protection Act, with many more realising the law required them to protect personal information," writes IT PRO's Tom Brewster.

"However, a quarter of businesses still do not understand that the Data Protection Act requires them to protect personal information, as public confidence in how companies secure information has plummeted," Brewster writes. "An ICO survey showed three quarters of the general public believe online companies are not keeping their details safe."

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