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Experts Discuss "Breach Notification Fatigue"

DATA LOSS—U.S.

April 13, 2011

The Texas Attorney General's Office is investigating a breach by the comptroller's department that may be the largest in the state's history, exposing the personal data of 3.5 million individuals. Meanwhile, paystub data at a Massachusetts healthcare provider was exposed due to a software glitch. And, the high-profile breach at Epsilon continues to raise concerns in the U.S. and abroad, prompting a CSO report to question, "are so many breach notifications from so many companies numbing their impact?" While some experts point to the educational value of notices, others suggest "notification fatigue" abounds in cases where no tangible harm occurs.
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