Equifax:Written question - 105514

Asked by Jon Trickett
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to improve protection for people's private data and finances as a result of the Equifax data breach.
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 16 October 2017

The cyber security of the UK, including the protection of our citizens and their data online, is a top priority for the Government. Since the Equifax incident, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the National Crime Agency, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Information Commissioner’s Office have worked together to protect British citizens who may have been affected by the data breach. The NCSC has published updated advice on its website, advising members of the public on password re-use, avoiding related phishing emails and fraudulent phone calls, as well as giving information of how to report a cyber incident to Action Fraud. In addition, as part of our five-year, £1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy, the Government is working to ensure all organisations are secure online and resilient against cyber threats.

Under the existing Data Protection Act, organisations must ensure appropriate cyber security measures are in place to protect personal data. Our new data protection regime, introduced through the Data Protection Bill, will introduce new requirements for reporting data breaches and more stringent fines.

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