In January 2021, the French Supervisory Authority (“CNIL”) published a summary report of contributions it received in response to a public consultation and survey on the digital rights of minors launched in April 2020 (see the press release here and a summary report here, both in French).  Stakeholders who responded to the consultation included companies, professionals dedicated to the legal and educational issues related to children, parents and minors.

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Despite studies indicating that data security is a top concern for executives and corporate boards — a development we previously blogged about here — barely half of employees are familiar with their company’s information security policies, according to a survey by Forrester Research.  The report explains, “only 56 percent of information workers in North America and Europe say that they are aware of their organisation’s current security policies.” 

This lack of awareness and employee training undoubtedly contributes to the ongoing problem of data breaches, many of which are caused by employee carelessness.  According to the same Forrester study, 31% of data breaches are attributable to simple loss or theft, such as employees losing laptops or USB drives; another 27% are caused by employees inadvertently misusing corporate assets.  A Ponemon Institute survey of 49 U.S. companies similarly found that negligent insiders were the root cause of 39% of data breaches studied. 

The Forrester report and similar surveys have found other surprisingly common data security weaknesses:

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