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Millions of State Residents Affected by Breaches

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 5, 2011

In a Boston Herald report, Barbara Anthony of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation highlights the number of data breaches the state has been notified of since its reporting law was passed almost four years ago. "We get about 50 a month," Anthony said, noting that because the state's law "is very stringent," the reports range from high-profile hack attacks to minor mistakes. While 5 million state residents have been affected since the law was enacted, one expert notes, "This really is the tip of the iceberg. For every breach we hear about, there are at least 100 that we don't hear about of equal or greater impact."
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