A series of reports published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), following 60 audits, has highlighted the positive approaches many private sector companies are adopting to look after people’s data. However concerns remain about data protection compliance within the local government sector and the NHS. Within the private sector, 11 out of the 16 companies audited had policies and procedures in place to comply with the Data Protection Act. In the health service only one of the 15 organisations audited provided a high level of assurance to the ICO, the local government sector showed only one out of 19 organisations achieving the highest mark and in central government departments just two out of 11 organisations achieved the highest level of assurance.
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