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.

Data breach incidents by quarter

  Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Change Q1-Q2
Accountants 1 1 1 2 -1
Audit/inspections 0 0 1 0 -1
Central government 13 12 11 6 -5
Charities 10 11 9 14 5
Clubs/Associations 5 1 6 6 0
Courts/justice 2 3 3 2 -1
Credit reference 1 1 1 1 0
Debt collectors 2 0 1 1 0
Direct marketing 0 1 0 6 6
Education 36 38 39 21 -18
Estate agents 2 1 0 3 3
Financial advisers 5 2 13 7 -6
General business 26 14 34 28 -14
Health 160 163 183 195 12
Housing 14 16 15 11 -4
HR matters 0 0 0 0 0
Insurance 8 6 6 5 -1
Internet 1 5 3 4 1
Leisure 1 0 0 1 1
Lenders 6 17 15 11 -4
Local government 55 54 62 55 -13
Mail order 0 0 0 0 0
Media 2 4 0 2 2
Motor industry 2 0 0 0 0
MPs 0 0 0 0 0
Other 8 7 2 5 3
Other individuals 1 0 0 0 0
Pensions 1 1 3 1 -2
Police and criminal records 15 12 10 12 2
Political parties 0 0 2 0 -2
Prisons 0 1 0 0 0
Probation 1 0 0 0 0
Prof associations 0 1 0 1 1
Recruitment agencies 7 0 4 3 -1
Regulators 1 6 1 2 1
Religious organisations 2 2 1 1 0
Retail 4 9 5 1 -4
Social services 6 1 8 0 -8
Solicitors/barristers 17 11 14 17 3
Telecoms 4 3 5 2 -3
Tenancy 0 0 0 0 0
Travel 1 1 1 1 0
Utilities 0 2 0 1 1
     
Total 420 407 459 429 -

Data breach incidents by quarter (.csv format) 

Incident type

 
Incident type (.csv format)

Incidents by sector

 
Incidents by sector (.csv format)

 

We published the above information on 3 November 2014.