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Interesting reading...


Executive Summary

Since 2012, businesses and government agencies have been required to notify the Attorney General on breaches affecting more than 500 Californians. In our latest report, we analyze all such breaches from 2012 through 2015. In it we present our findings on the nature of the breaches that are occurring, what can be learned from them about threats and vulnerabilities, and we make recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of data breaches and mitigating the harms that result from them.

In the past four years, the Attorney General has received reports on 657 data breaches, affecting a total of over 49 million records of Californians. In 2012, there were 131 breaches, involving 2.6 million records of Californians; in 2015, 178 breaches put over 24 million records at risk. This means that nearly three in five Californians were victims of a data breach in 2015 alone.

These breaches occurred in all parts of our economy: retailers and banks, doctors, dentists and hospitals, gaming companies, spas, hotels, restaurants, government agencies, schools, and universities. The majority of the reported breaches were the result of cyber attacks by determined data thieves, many of whom took advantage of security weaknesses. Breaches also resulted from stolen and lost equipment containing unencrypted data, and from both unintentional and intentional actions by insiders (employees and service providers)...

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100% Tier-1 Gogent
When does California start holding companies accountable for wrongful data disclosures?

Like 20 million~ of the disclosures involved social security numbers.  I for one believe SSNs shouldn't be used for anything except SS benefits.  This using such as some form of identification is so very unsound.