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California Data Breach

All Security Reviews Staff · December 5, 2013

California Data Breach

California’s first-ever data breach report came out last month, showing 2.5 million residents had personal information put at risk in 131 incidents in 2012. The report comes 10 years after California became the first state to require businesses and state agencies provide notification of data breaches that impact more than 500 people. In the years since, all but four states have followed suit. At a federal level, the government now requires notification of breaches in the health care sector. Proponents of the laws say notification gives people who may have been impacted early warning. Criminals used breached information to commit fraud. One in four breach-notice recipients becomes an identify theft victim, according to the recently released report. That’s four times the rate of the general public. The report — published after a requirement kicked in last year that requires those notifications to be sent the California Attorney General — shows the average reported incident in 2012 impacted 22,500 people. Five breaches affected 100,000 or more residents. Here’s a deeper look at what the report found:

The reports makes it abundantly clear: sensitive information is leaked, and often. Keep reading for some tips on what to do if your information makes its way into the wrong hands.

Read the full report here.

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