The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry into the protection of personal data online. The inquiry has arisen as a result of the recent data breach suffered by TalkTalk, though the scope of the inquiry is wider than this matter alone. The inquiry will consider the nature of the cyber-attacks on the TalkTalk website, the measures telecoms and internet service providers have in place to ensure cybersecurity, the investments being made to guard against future threats, encryption, the adequacy of regulatory oversight, enforcement regimes and redress mechanisms, and likely future trends in hacking, technology and security. The Committee is accepting written submissions until 23 November 2015.

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