Jan 282011
 January 28, 2011  Posted by  Misc, Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

On Data Privacy Day, it shouldn’t be news to anyone that people are concerned about their privacy. The Information Commissioner’s Office issued a press release indicating that more and more people are becoming concerned:

A survey has revealed that 80% of people are concerned about protecting their personal information online, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today.

In a move to mark European Data Protection Day, Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, supported by Lord McNally, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, is urging people to take more care on social networking sites, to think before giving out their personal details online, and to understand what to do when things go wrong.

Research commissioned by the ICO has also found that 92% of individuals surveyed are concerned that organisations do not keep their details secure, and a further 60% believe that they have lost control of the way their personal information is collected and processed.

To help online users understand how to surf safely, the ICO has today relaunched its Personal Information Toolkit. The toolkit includes tips on how to protect personal details online as well as setting out people’s rights to access and correct the information that is held about them.

Read more of the press release on the ICO’s web site.

The ICO has also scheduled online safety educational events today for children in Belfast, Cheshire, Cardiff, and Vale of Glamorgan.

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