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Breaches at Half a Billion Since 2005

DATA LOSS—U.S.

August 31, 2010

More than a half billion sensitive records have been breached since 2005, according to the most recent estimates from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), which keeps track of such breaches in its Chronology of Data Breaches project. The most recent total was published this month and is thought to only represent a fraction of all breaches. "This is a conservative number," said PRC Director Beth Givens. "We generally learn about breaches that garner media attention. Unfortunately, many do not." She added that many states do not have laws requiring that breaches are reported to a clearinghouse.
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