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How safe is your data?

Personal financial information is arguably the most sensitive data in our lives; Jo Sanders offers guidance on who you need to protect yourself from and how

17 November 2014

Much has rightly been written about the risk cyber-crime poses to personal financial information. The sheer quantity of private information we now place in the hands of third parties puts us all at risk of its potential misuse. But the threat of that misuse comes not only from criminal gangs; for those individuals who engage in any form of public life, there is also a substantial threat posed by public disclosure.

If you can recall the recently departed glorious days of the summer, you may remember that personal finances moved from the specialist money pages at the back of the newspaper to the front pages. Numerous celebrities were named in connection with tax schemes which HMRC was aggressively pursuing, leaked documents were printed by the media, listing prominent individuals who held offshore bank accounts, and the private lives of wealthy divorcing couples became tabloid fare.

The media signalled its...

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