A new book about the UK’s data breach by former data security expert Nick Denton says the Government’s own information is wrong.
Denton’s book The Government Data Breach: What the data says and how it is being used by the government was published in the UK last week and has since been widely discussed.
The author says he is speaking out to tell the Government to change its approach to the data it collects.
Denton, a former chief technology officer at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, wrote the book with his friend, security researcher and journalist James Cook, who is also the author of a blog post about data breaches on Friday.
Cook and Denton have also been criticised for publishing their work without their consent.
They said in their blog post that their book was about transparency and a free and open society.
“The Government’s data breaches are a wake up call that the Government is failing to live up to its own stated aims,” they wrote.
“This includes the fact that we have been unable to provide data on the number of cyber threats that have been identified in the past year, as well as the number and nature of breaches that have taken place, the number that have resulted in money being lost, and the number in which the government has paid out in compensation.”‘
Data is our enemy’The Government has come under fire in recent months for its failure to explain how many of its data breaches have been connected to terrorism.
The Government had previously said the number was between 20,000 and 30,000.
In a statement to the Guardian, it said: “Data breaches are the result of an imperfect and often contradictory approach to data protection and it is our belief that there is little or no difference between the two.”
We recognise that some data breaches and data protection breaches are related, and we have put in place processes to identify and mitigate those cases.
“The Government says that it does not have data on every single breach.
The Prime Minister has previously been criticised by critics for his lack of transparency about the scale of the Government data breaches.