Number of data breaches from 2018 to 2022: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

You asked for the number of data breaches that were referred to the UK Information Commissioner in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 so far.


The number of personal data breaches reported by Scottish Government 1 April 2018 and now:

2018 – 3
2019 – 4
2020 – 3
2021 – 1
2022 – 1

If you require information about the number of breaches reported to the Information Commissioner by other organisations you should make a Freedom of Information request directly to them. This reply only provides information in regards to breaches reported to the ICO by the Scottish Government.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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