Firms failing to recognise data security risks
Half of small and medium-sized firms have not implemented a cyber-security policy, according to a Shred-It survey published this week. Around one in three firms (32%) never dispose of old electronic devices containing confidential information and a similar number (35%) admitted to only doing so once a year. Although appreciation of the business impact a data breach would have is growing among business owners, less than half (46%) were aware of the potential financial penalty for breaching the Data Protection Act. Commenting on the findings, Executive Vice President of Shred-It Robert Guice said: “Technology is moving quickly and businesses in the UK need to keep up with this threat to their information security from electronic equipment such as laptops, hard drives and USBs. Unused or old equipment left sitting in offices offers a goldmine of sensitive information for data thieves.”
Licensing Act burden reduced for entertainment providers
Draft legislation to reduce the licensing burden on certain entertainment providers in England and Wales has been laid before Parliament. The Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order will make various amendments to the Licensing Act, including amendments making it easier for pubs and clubs to host live music, enabling schools, village halls, hospitals and other public venues to put on entertainment, and lifting an unreasonable burden on traditional travelling circuses. The draft Order must be approved by both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.