View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
December 20, 2013

New ICO guidelines show security ‘puts breaks on tech advancement’

Axway says guidelines advising to abide by data protection may stop flow of data.

By Claire Vanner

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidelines for app developers to be clearer about what data is being accessed.

The move comes following a survey that revealed nearly half of all app users have decided not to download an app because of concerns over privacy.

John Thielens, chief security officer at Axway commented: "The ICO’s survey shows yet again that security is the main factor putting the brakes on technology advancement and adoption. Transparency is the be all and end all for consumers when it comes to their personal information. They need to know exactly where their data is, who’s accessing it and what they’re doing with it, or the app industry risks being de-railed."

That survey conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the ICO found that 59% have downloaded apps, but that 62% of them are concerned about resulting privacy issues. 49% said they have decided not to download at least one app due to these fears.

Thielens also expressed concerns about the effect it may have on enterprise mobility: "We’re seeing a big rise in demand for apps for the enterprise. The BYOD movement, combined with the dominance of smartphones and tablets means employees, partners and customers alike want to access information anytime, anywhere. In this scenario, the security burden is heavily weighted on the business."

He added: "With their necks on the line, businesses need to take on granular data governance throughout an organisation. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) form the foundation of any app development, and its API management that puts businesses back in the driving seat when it comes to controlling the flow of data beyond the enterprise edge."

The ICO will be following up its guidelines in the new year to check that they’re being implemented.

Content from our partners
Scan and deliver
GenAI cybersecurity: "A super-human analyst, with a brain the size of a planet."
Cloud, AI, and cyber security – highlights from DTX Manchester

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.