Public tolerance of government data leaks appears to berunning out with the vast majority of people now believing those responsibleshould face criminal charges.
According to a survey conducted for encryption specialistStonewood Group 89% of those asked said they would like to see governmentdepartments face legal action if they lose data negligently.
The findings come after a steady stream of data losses overthe last 18 months with some memorable examples including the HMRC data discsloss hitting the headlines.
The high profile data leaks from the likes of the PrisonService, MoD and the NHS have been a boon to the security channel.
Grant Gutteridge, a director at Stonewood, said that notenough was being doen to protect data and the pressure was increasing to getmore encryption deployed acrtoss government departments.
“The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) wants allorganisations, especially those with large databases, to make sure that theyare addressing all the risks of data handling," said Grant.
Stonewood is now setting up an online petition to putpressure on the government to do more to protect data.