I just blogged about the massive data security breach by the Veterans Administration, affecting 26.5 million veterans. Bob Sullivan has a terrific post comparing the government’s response to its data security breach to that of the businesses that have had such breaches in the past:
Category: Data Breach
Posts about Data Breaches by Professor Daniel J. Solove for his blog at TeachPrivacy, a privacy awareness and security training company.
The Government’s Data Security Breach and “Data Neutralization”
The AP reports an enormous breach of data security by the government: Thieves took sensitive personal information on 26.5 million U.S. veterans, including Social Security numbers and birth dates, after a Veterans Affairs employee improperly brought the material home, the government said Monday. The information involved mainly those veterans who served and have been discharged since 1975, […]
The ChoicePoint Settlement
Recently, the FTC announced a settlement in its complaint against the data broker ChoicePoint for a data security breach that resulted in over 160,000 people’s personal information being sold to identity thieves. According to the Washington Post:
ChoicePoint: More Than 145,000 Victims?
ChoicePoint just won’t be outdone. They were, after all, the company that started all the extensive attention on data security breaches. Back in February 2005, ChoicePoint announced that it had improperly sold personal data on about 145,000 people to identity thieves. Pursuant to a California data security breach notice law, ChoicePoint notified the affected individuals […]
Data Security Breach Supersized: 40 Million People Affected
I’m getting tired of posting about data security breaches, but this one is a whopper — actually, more like a double whopper. From the AP [link no longer available]:
Notice Much Delayed: The FDIC Data Security Breach
A Washington Post article discusses the letter the FDIC recently mailed to about 6,000 of its employees that describes a data security breach where employee personal information was compromised:
Is the FTC Finally Getting Serious About Security?
The FTC just announced a settlement with BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. From the FTC press release:
Identity Theft Fears and Online Shopping
From a recent survey: Nearly half of U.S. voters say they don’t shop online because they fear identity thieves may capture their bank-account information, according to a survey released on Wednesday by a technology-industry trade group. These fears are heightened because of the rash of security breaches in recent months. I previously posted about these breaches here and here.
Data Leaks: Déjà Vu All Over Again
Déjà vu. All over again. And again. Yet another data security break, as if the scores of breaches announced earlier weren’t already enough. A short while ago, I posted about a tally of the security breaches indicating that the personal data of over 5 million people had been leaked or improperly accessed. Now this, from the AP [link […]
Information Privacy and the States
There’s been a ton of media exposure about security breaches at major companies. Most recently, Time Warner admitted it lost data on 600,000 current and former employees. Bank of America Lost data on over 1 million people. ChoicePoint sold personal information on about 145,000 people to identity thieves. And Lexis Nexis had data on about 310,000 people improperly […]