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Data Breaches (724_17)


1) The number of data breaches at the Force during the last four years.
2) Breakdown of that information into the date and a short description of each breach



Please find enclosed our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

Breaches for the last 4 years with nothing on the system pre 2014
Year Breach Instances
2014 Unauthorised / inappropriate disclosure: 1
2014 Misuse of systems: 1

2015 Unlawful / inappropriate Disclosure: 14
2015 USB Joiners / Movers / Leavers: 4
2015 Use of insecure email: 5
2015 Misuse of systems: 2
2015 Insecure destruction: 1

2016* Inaccurate information: 1
2016* Subject Access Request went to incorrect address: 3
2016* inappropriate disclosure: 7
2016* Missing encrypted USB devices: 4
2016* Use of insecure email: 3
2016* Loss of technology / asset: 5
2016* Misuse of systems: 1

*It is important to note that while the figures have Increased, the reason for this is that WMP have actively promoted the use of the incident reporting scheme to encourage more reporting.