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ICO warns over IT outsourcing
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned executives over the dangers inherent in outsourcing data, pointing out that the responsibility for its security still lies with the company that initially collected it.
With a growing number of businesses using cloud computing services to outsource some of their IT requirements, potentially saving time and money, the ICO has noted that it is important to be aware of the risks when doing this.
It has released a new guide to cloud computing indicating some of the major areas businesses should be aware of.
Dr Simon Rice, ICO technology policy advisor, said: "It would be naïve for an organisation to take the attitude that these guidelines are too much effort to simply store some data in a different place."
Data compiled by CRM consultancy Bluewolf recently suggested that 32 per cent of companies plan to increase their IT outsourcing spend in the next 12 to 18 months.
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