Talks concerning the improvement of data security have taken place in Parliament, in a discussion held yesterday. Expert industry executives, civil servants and politicians all came together to discuss the issue of privacy protection, particularly with regards to public and private sector organisations.

The chair Conservative MP Crispin Blunt said that "Data security is one of the biggest issues facing businesses and government in the modern world. We need to highlight how data can be used to boost the economy, while still protecting people's privacy,"

Bob Pickles, director of public sector business development and public affairs at Canon, which also  co-sponsored the event, added: "Canon research shows that just 12 per cent of consumers believe organisations are doing enough to protect their personal data.

Cannon recently worked alongside an unnamed European airport which employed user identification tools within a centralised print and document management system, in order to ensure control and accountability over customers' information. The project apparently delivered both secure data management and significant print cost savings - around €1 million (£805,570) a year.

Data security which is already a hot topic in the UK, is likely to become an even more important subject in the years to come, as the UK government considers the best way to manage access to public services portals - Facebook has been mentioned as one potential future collaborator.

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