How Data Breaches Can Occur

Despite the best efforts of organisations taking appropriate safeguarding measures, instances of unauthorised and unlawful processing of personal data will still happen. The likely reasons are as follows:

• Loss or theft of data or equipment on which data is stored
• Inappropriate access controls allowing unauthorised use
• Equipment failure
• Human error
• Unforeseen circumstances such as a fire or flood
• Hacking attack
• ‘Blagging’ offences where information is obtained by deceiving the organisation who holds it