The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently conducted an internal audit of its breach reporting process. ONS realised that some of its breach reports had mistakenly not been forwarded for publication on the UK Statistics Authority website and hence were not available in the public domain. There were 4 unpublished breach reports in 2018 and 2 in 2017, the majority of which relate to short publication delays. All of these reports have been published today.
The ONS breach reporting process has now been streamlined to ensure ONS’s Head of Profession for Statistics has oversight of all ONS breaches of the Code of Practice for Statistics. Staff training will also been rolled out to ensure all relevant parties are aware of the end-to-end breach reporting process. ONS is confident these actions will help mitigate against recurrence of this delay to publication of breach reports.