The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Trends

We use this page to show trends in statistics for data breaches reported to the ICO. We now have statistics al of last year, covering from April to March 2014.

Data breach incidents by quarter

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Change Q3-Q4
Accountants 3 0 1 1 0
Audit/inspections 0 0 0 0
Central government 8 12  13 12 -1
Charities 14 10 10 11 0
Clubs/Associations 3 4 5 1 -4
Courts/justice 3 2 2 3 1
Credit reference 0 0 1 1 1
Debt collectors 0 2 2 0 -2
Direct marketing 0 0 0 1 1
Education 25 25 36 38 2
Estate agents 4 4 2 1 -1
Financial advisers 9 8 5 2 -3
General business 14 25 26 14 -12
Health 91 137 160 163 3
Housing 9 13 14 16 2
HR matters 0 0 0 0 0
Insurance 2 5 8 6 -2
Internet 4 1 1 5 -4
Leisure 4 3 1 0 -1
Lenders 5 5 6 17 11
Local government 57 68 55 54 -1
Mail order 0 1 0 0 0
Media 4 2 2 4 2
Motor industry 0 1 2 0 -2
MPs 0 0 0 0 0
Other 21 18 8 7 -1
Other individuals 0 0 1 0 -1
Pensions 1 0 1 1 1
Police and criminal records 9 10 15 12 -3
Political parties 0 2 0 0 0
Prisons 2 3 0 1 1
Probation 0 1 1 0 -1
Prof associations 2 3 0 1 1
Recruitment agencies 1 0 7 0 -7
Regulators 2 3 1 6 5
Religious organisations 0 0 2 2 0
Retail 4 5 4 9 5
Social services 7 8 6 1 -5
Solicitors/barristers 20 14 17 11 -6
Telecoms 2 1 4 3 -1
Tenancy 0 0 0 0 0
Travel 0 1 1 1 0
Utilities 5  0 0 2 2
     
Total 335 397 420 407 -

Data breach incidents by quarter (.csv format) 


Incident type (.csv format)


Incidents by sector (.csv format)

 

We published the above information on 24 July 2014.