Charities were involved in 110 data security breaches last year, according to the data protection regulator.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said loss or theft of paperwork was the main reason for charity incidents.
Overall, the ICO data shows a 41 per cent increase in reported incidents across all industries compared with the same period last year. It is believed the increase was due to increased awareness of the GDPR and the launch of ICO’s new Personal Data Breach helpline.
Loss and theft of paperwork was the most commonly reported breach, followed by information security issues.
Other reports included “sending data by email to incorrect recipients”, failure to use BCC when sending email, and more general cyber incidents.
The figures come shortly before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into force in May this year, introducing a raft of new data protection laws.
Under the new rules, companies or charities which misuse or fail to proactively protect consumer data will be heavily fined – up to €20 million (approximately £17.59 million) or four per cent of company turnover.